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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Charles Paxson, American (active 1860s-1870s New York, NY)
A Slave Girl from New Orleans
Work Type
carte-de-visite, photograph
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York State, New York City
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Albumen silver print
image: 7.9 x 5 cm (3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)
mount: 10.1 x 6.1 cm (4 x 2 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: recto, on mount below image, blue ink, pre-printed mount: A Slave Girl [over] from New Orleans
  • inscription: verso, black ink, pre-printed: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by T. TACKABERRY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York [over] The nett proceeds fromt he sale of these Photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks. [over] CHAS. PAXSON PHOTOGRAPHER, New York. [over] N.B.--All orders must be addressed to H.N. BENT, No. 1 Mercer Street, New York.
[UK Old Post Cards Ltd., Kent, England], 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. 99

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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