In summer 1861 Mathew B. Brady began releasing oversize photographs on paper mounts with the series title "Brady’s Incidents of the War." These albumen silver prints with letterpress titles and series numbers were relatively expensive and conceived to appeal to a small but wealthy audience. They constitute the first intentionally produced collectible series of large-format photographs in American photography.
Inscription: Printed on mount, recto BC: "BRADY Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1862, by BARNARD & GIBSON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia. WASHINGTON. // INCIDENTS OF THE WAR. // No. 229. // FORTIFICATIONS MANASSAS, occupied by 13th Mass."
Paul Katz, 08/01/84; Gilman Paper Company Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.
Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.
New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.
Artist: Unknown (American)Date: 1861Medium: 1/2 blue-black goatskin binding with green textured cloth sides and a gold-tooled tan calf label on the front boardAccession: 2005.100.854On view in:Not on view