Lot of 19 CDV studio portraits of African American subjects, ca 1864-1870. Includes 10 portraits of men, 6 of women, 2 of children, and a single CDV of Abraham Lincoln. Imprints from various photographers in Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Haven, Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Charleston.
Taken from an album, four images include inscriptions that are made either to or from a Theodosia Lyons, possibly the compiler of the album. A vignette portrait of a lovely young woman by J.F. Ryder of Cleveland is inscribed to the verso, "Mr. + Mrs. Henry Jakes / from 'Dosia'," presumably a portrait of Theodosia. A 22-year-old "mulatto" woman named Theodosia Lyons is listed in the 1870 census of Cleveland Ward 04, and is the likely subject. Two images of the same handsome young man, both taken by M.P. & A.I. Rice in Washington DC, are included, one inscribed to Theodosia to the verso. He signed his name after "Truly Yours" on the recto, though it was unfortunately cut off at some point.
Various conditions, some fading, occaisionaly spotting,
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