Frederick Douglass CDV by Bradley & Rulofson, San Francisco, California

CDV vignetted bust portrait of Frederick Douglass (1817-1895). Bradley & Rulofson: San Francisco, CA, n.d.  

This appears to be printed from the negative of the carte-de-visite taken by Alfred B. Crosby and Israel Warren Merrill of Farmington, ME, taken in early April 1864, listed as cat. #34 in Picturing Frederick Douglass. Douglass spoke at Augusta's Meonian Hall on April 1, 1864 and likely took this image in nearby Farmington. Merrill was active in Farmington from the 1860s to 1875 and had a brief partnership with Crosby who spent most of his career in Lewiston, ME. The Maine CDV is located only in the Boston Athenæum and a private collection. 

Henry William Bradley (1813-1891) and William Herman Rulofson (1826-1878) entered into partnership in 1863 and earned a reputation as one of the finest photographic studios in the nation, publishing Muybridge's views of Yosemite and their own "Catalogue of Celebrities." Rulofson's photographs earned gold medals at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition and in Vienna in 1873, among many others. They were located at 429 Montgomery St. in San Francisco from 1863-1883, though under various ownership after 1878. This image of Douglass produced by Bradley & Rulofson is not listed in Picturing Frederick Douglass or otherwise located. A remarkably scarce image from important California photographers. 


Slight darkening around the edges, stains on verso. Overall still a nice image.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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