"White and Black Slaves from New Orleans" CDV, Plus

Lot of 2 CDVs from the "Slave Children from New Orleans" series, including "White and Black Slaves from New Orleans" and "Isaac and Rosa." Myron H. Kimball: New York, NY, 1863. Verso imprint reads: "The nett proceeds from the sale of these photographs will be devoted exclusively to the education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen. Banks."

The lot is comprised of a studio portrait of Isaac White and Augusta Broujey posed with freed enslaved woman Mary Johnson, and an accompanying view of Isaac and Rosa Downs standing arm in arm. The four subjects were part of a larger group of five children and three adults, including Wilson Chinn pictured in Lots 6 and 7, that had been brought north from Louisiana by Colonel George H. Hanks and set free by Major General Nathaniel P. Banks.

Several CDVs of this type were sold by the National Freedman's Association in 1864 and 1865 in order to garner the support of Northern whites who had no sympathy for enslaved African Americans, but were shocked and outraged at the sight of "white" enslaved people. Images such as these were used to stir the outrage among Northern audiences and renew their support of abolition and commitment to the war effort. The subjects in the CDVs appeared in other photographs and periodical articles produced at this time. 

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Image has lightened a bit. Few minor spots, particularly on mount verso. Minor toning to print and mount. 

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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