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CDV Portraits of Identified Slaves, One With Mistress

Lot of 3 cdvs, including the following: a studio portrait of an aged African American man with penciled inscription on verso Uncle Abraham / Colored Servant in Lott Family, and Insley's Gallery, Jersey City backmark; a portrait of an aged African American woman identified in ink on verso as Old Fanny (Mother of Fannie Lew) was a slave of Elsie (Ray) Lott. Her husband was Abraham, a slave of Henry Lott, with Fredericks & O'Neil New York backmark; and a studio portrait of Old Fannie standing beside a seated white woman, with penciled inscription on verso Aunt ? (Ms. Nichols) / Colored Servant Aunt Fannie, and Fredericks & O'Neil New York backmark.

A search for the Lott Family of New York shows a well-known family by the name of Lott that immigrated from Holland and established itself in America during the 17th century. The family settled in Flatlands, New York. In 1800, Hendrick Lott constructed a house that became the center of a large and active farm in Flatlands, and to this day, the Lott House remains standing and is a New York City and New York State Landmark. Between the early 19th and early 20th century, the Lott farm continuously produced agricultural goods for market. Hendrick Lott's grandson, Henry DeWitt Lott (b. 1821) was raised on his grandfather's farm, and lived there as an adult. This may be the same Henry Lott that is referred to on the back of the photograph of the African American slave, Old Fanny.

Condition:Even toning to photographs.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$940
06/11/2010

 

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