CDVs of Prominent 19th Century Figures from the Collection of Maryland Politician Severn Teackle Wallis

Lot of 70+ CDVs previously housed in the personal album of noted Maryland lawyer and politician Severn Teackle Wallis (1816-1894), as indicated by modern penciled notation on mount verso of most of the photographs. During the Civil War, Wallis, a member of the Maryland Legislature, was arrested and imprisoned for more than 14 months in Fort McHenry, Fort Lafayette, and Fort Warren for not citing a Union Oath before a secession vote. This collection is comprised of Civil War-era portraits of civilians, many unidentified, but almost certainly distinguished citizens of Baltimore, MD, as well as Boston and New York. Most of the cartes are credited to photography studios operating in Baltimore, with the majority produced by the Bendann Bros. Additional Baltimore studios include Israel & Co., P.L. Perkins, R.D. Ridgely, the Southern Photographic Temple of Art, N.H. Busey, E.G. Fowx, Richard Walzl, and more. 

Prominent Baltimore subjects include: Maryland Representative and Federal Judge William F. Giles (two CDVs, one signed on verso); politician and Baltimore Police Marshal George Kane; merchant John Christian Brune; architect Josias Pennington; Commissioner Charles D. Hicks; Maryland Representative Henry W. Warfield, who was arrested in 1861; businessman A.J. Albert; jurist and diplomat James M. Buchanan; attorney William H. Norris, who became a Confederate Colonel, and served as Chief Signal Officer and Chief of the Signal Bureau in Richmond; and 31st Tennessee Volunteer Sergeant John D. McKeen. 


Range in condition from near excellent to good. Some with very fine contrast, rich tones. Several have undergone toning, with wear to mount edges/corners. Some have period ink or penciled notations on verso. 

Estimate: $500 - $700
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