Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Private James Malcolm Hart, Crenshaw's Virginia Battery]

Artist:
Unknown
Date:
1862–65
Medium:
Ambrotype
Dimensions:
Plate: 7.6 x 6.4 cm (3 x 2 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Wynn Vaughan Collection
Not on view
In the hands of an enterprising portraitist, almost anything could be a useful prop to render a memorable likeness that would stand out from all the others: a canteen with a Union soldier’s initials stenciled on the cloth cover; a striped bow tie worn with panache; or simply raingear. Confederate Private Hart wears a shiny oilcloth poncho and rubberized head and neck gear, the intense effect of which must have been unsettling even to the sitter.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.

Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.