Albumen silver print from glass negative with applied color
67.3 x 60.3 cm (26.5 x 23 3/4 in. )
Gift of Stanley B. Burns and the Burns Family, 1996
Not on view
The hand-painted photographic portrait found an enthusiastic audience in the American public; framed portraits like this one were a fixture of the middle class parlor from the late 1850s to the early years of this century. Although dismissed by some highbrow painters and photographers, this hybrid art-form flourished because it neatly combined two widely desired but often contradictory goals of popular portraiture: likeness and flattery.
Inscription: Inscriptions should be recorded when object is unframed.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1996–1997 55, no. 2 (Fall 1997). p. 64.
This is part of a pair of painted studio portraits, see [Portrait of a Woman] (1996.532.2).
Date: 1880–1900; made in style of early 17th centuryMedium: Poplar back frame with applied upper moldings in walnut, ebony, and ebonized pearwood. Half-lapped back frame. Niello; crystal and lapis lazulipanels with silver leaf beneath; some with dragon's-blood glaze. Frieze: niello-bordered panels with radius-ended centers and square corners.Accession: 1975.1.2292On view in:Not on view