Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
M.H. Kimball, American (active 1860s)
Rebecca, an Emancipated Slave, from New Orleans
Work Type
carte-de-visite, photograph
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York State, New York City
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Physical Descriptions
Albumen silver print
image: 8.3 x 5.4 cm (3 1/4 x 2 1/8 in.)
mount: 9.6 x 5.8 cm (3 3/4 x 2 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, black ink, pre-printed: The nett proceeds from the sale of these Photographs will be devoted exclusively to the education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen. Banks.
  • inscription: recto, on mount below image, black ink, pre-printed: REBECCA, an Emanicipated Slave, from New Orleans. Photographed by Kimball, 477 Broadway, N.Y. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by GEO. H. BANKS, in the Clerk's Office of the U.S. for the Sou. Dist. of N.Y.
Michael Alabnese, Kendall, New York, sold [through online auction]; to Harvard Art Museums, 2004
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Purchase Fund for Photographs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Mazie Harris, Paper Promises: Early American Photography, exh. cat., Getty Trust Publications (Los Angeles, 2018), pl. 100

Exhibition History

Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 01/14/2006 - 03/26/2006; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, 04/21/2006 - 07/16/2006; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, 08/25/2006 - 11/26/2006

Paper Promises: Early American Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 02/27/2018 - 05/27/2018

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