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Incidents of the War

Maker:
Unknown (American)
Date:
1861
Medium:
1/2 blue-black goatskin binding with green textured cloth sides and a gold-tooled tan calf label on the front board
Dimensions:
35.7 × 28 × 1.8 cm (14 1/16 × 11 × 11/16 in.)
Classification:
Bindings
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.854
Not on view
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. Brady also sold handsome tooled-leather portfolios such as this one.
[Paul Katz, 08/01/84]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

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.

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