Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Stereodaguerreotype Housed in Mascher Case

Stereodaguerreotype comprised of two ninth plate daguerreotypes of William Lloyd Garrison posed before an outdoor backdrop, with his arm resting on a small stack of books. Broadbent & Co.: Philadelphia, PA, n.d., ca 1852. Broadbent's gilt label under the viewer. Housed in "Mascher's Improved Stereoscope" quarter plate case classified as "Very Very Rare" in Berg [9-13].

William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), American journalist and social reformer, was the founder and publisher of the famous anti-slavery journal, The Liberator. The newspaper was published in Boston from 1831 through 1865 with the purpose of educating people about the horrors of slavery. When the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution passed, Garrison ceased publication. One of the founding members of the Anti-Slavery Society, Garrison worked closely with individuals such as Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, and Wendell Phillips. Later in life, he became a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement.

Samuel Broadbent (1810-1880) took a number of images of African Americans, which suggests he was sympathetic to the cause of abolitionism. In Facing the Light, Harold Francis Pfister locates three daguerreotypes of Garrison taken by or attributed to the Broadbent Studio, ca 1852-1853, including a stereoscopic daguerreotype (1978: 320-321), indicating that this may be the second known stereoscopic daguerreotype of the famed abolitionist. It is possible that the portrait was taken in October 1852 when Garrison traveled to Philadelphia to attend the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. 

Accompanied by magic lantern slide of Garrison seated with Wendell Phillips and George Thompson, after a daguerreotype taken by Southworth and Hawes studio, Boston, MA, ca 1850-1851. 

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Case nearly separated at spine. Some surface wear to case. Some wipes on each plate, and few surface scratches on right plate. Few spots on mat. 

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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