Tintypes of African Americans, ca 1865-1880

Lot of 9 tintype studio portraits of African American subjects, including a charming gem tintype portrait of a mother and child. During the 19th century, African American women were often included in portraits of white children in their roles as caretakers. In stark contrast, this image likely depicts an African American mother and her own child in a family scene, as opposed to one of employment. This particular mother and child evoke another that was in the Jackie Napoleon Wilson collection. 

Other images include a CDV full-length portrait of a gentleman wearing a top hat and a prodigious knit scarf; CDV portrait of a gentleman seated in thoughtful repose; CDV portrait of a seated woman with a white shawl around her shoulders; CDV full-length portrait of a young man wearing a hat and waistcoat with a hand-tinted watch chain; CDV full-length portrait of a young girl wearing a plaid dress which has been hand-tinted pink; sixth plate portrait of a seated man with a cane, likely indicating his blindness; sixth plate portrait of a woman with lacy cuffs and collar; and sixth plate portrait of a handsome couple seated next to one another and grasping hands. 


Various conditions; occasional scuffs, thoughtful man in chair shows light bending, mostly quite good. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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