Portrait of Sculptor Edmonia Lewis, 1870

Summary

Edmonia Lewis, a renowned sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage who worked primarily in Rome, posed for this carte-de-visite when she traveled to Chicago in 1870. Cartes-de-visite, small photographic prints on cardboard stock, remained popular from the Civil War in the 1860s through the 1880s. Americans commonly collected and exchanged them to commemorate family members or celebrities.

Edmonia Lewis, a renowned sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage who worked primarily in Rome, posed for this carte-de-visite when she traveled to Chicago in 1870. Cartes-de-visite, small photographic prints on cardboard stock, remained popular from the Civil War in the 1860s through the 1880s. Americans commonly collected and exchanged them to commemorate family members or celebrities.

Artifact

Carte-de-visite (Card photograph)

Subject Date

1870

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2012.0.5.8

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Albumen process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.875 in

Width: 2.375 in

Inscriptions

Text on back of image reads: H. ROCHER / Photographer / 88 N. Clark St. / C HICAGO, ILL

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