Frederick Douglass CDV by Samuel M. Fassett, 1878

CDV portrait of Frederick Douglass. Samuel M. Fassett: Washington DC, n.d., ca 1878. Photographer's 925 Penna Ave. imprint on verso. Douglass is pictured with heavily graying/white hair, wearing a dark jacket and waistcoat and what appears to be a watch chain. Pencil identification on recto: "Fred Douglas [sic]." Catalogued in Picturing Frederick Douglas as Cat. #95. The only other known example of this carte is catalogued by the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. 

A previously unknown carte appearing to be from the same sitting was recently offered in Swann Auction Galleries's March 28, 2019 Printed & Manuscript African Americana Auction as Lot 236.


CDV with light surface soil and light wear to mount edges. Verso with an area of discoloration due to likely ink smearing, light spotting, and collection/catalogue codes along upper edge. 

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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