Carte de visite outdoor view of "Gardner's Gallery." Alexander Gardner: Washington DC, 1862.
An outdoor view taken at the intersection of the unpaved 7th and D Streets NW, capturing "Gardner's Gallery" the studio and gallery of Alexander Gardner (1821-1882). Taken during the war, a large sign on the front of the building reads: "View of the War." Three men are visible on the rooftop next to a large sign advertising "Photographs." The other facade touts the various formats and features available, "Cartes de Visite/Stereographs/Album cards/Imperial Photographs/Plain, Colored/& Retouched/Ambrotypes/Hallotypes/Ivory types."
Gardner had first moved to Washington DC and begun taking photos of the War at the front at the behest of Mathew Brady. Near the end of 1862, however, he dissolved the partnership to open his own studio on May 26, 1863. The imprint on the mount declares that it was "entered...in the year 1862 by A. Gardner." A copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art dates the image to 1864, presumably from the pencil inscription on the verso as no imprint appears. The undated negative held by the Library of Congress is logically estimated as ca 1863. The imprint on this CDV possibly suggests that the image was captured late in 1862 after Gardner left Brady's employ, but before the official opening of his Gallery.
Light soiling, slight bump to lower right corner.
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