Gardner's Gallery, 7th and D Streets, Washington, D.C.
Alexander Gardner (American, Glasgow, Scotland 1821–1882 Washington, D.C.)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 2 15/16 × 4 1/8 in. (7.5 × 10.5 cm)
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Not on view
The tremendous changes underway in the medium of photography in the early 1860s are documented in the wealth of advertising covering the two façades of the Washington, D.C., gallery of Alexander Gardner. In autumn 1862 Gardner left his employer Mathew B. Brady to start his own portrait gallery. This view of Gardner’s corner business at 7th and D streets shows a four-story building festooned with signs for virtually every type of image available at the time except the tintype: cartes de visite, stereographs, album cards, Imperial photographs (plain, colored, and retouched), ambrotypes, hallotypes, and ivorytypes. The largest sign reads "Views of the War." If Brady had perhaps conceived the grand idea of an epic documentation of the Civil War, it was Gardner who actually executed it, both before and after the two gallerists separated.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso TC: "On 7th St Washington // 1864"
(sold, Christie's New York, Lot 47, November 8, 1983); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York
Akron Art Museum. "An Enduring Interest: The Photographs of Alexander Gardner," April 4, 1992–May 31, 1992.
International Center of Photography. "An Enduring Interest: The Photographs of Alexander Gardner," June 26, 1992–September 13, 1992.
Gilcrease Museum. "An Enduring Interest: The Photographs of Alexander Gardner," October 1, 1992–March 31, 1993.
Chrysler Museum of Art. "An Enduring Interest: The Photographs of Alexander Gardner," October 19, 1992–January 5, 1992.
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.
Johnson, Brooks. An Enduring Interest: The Photographs of Alexander Gardner. Norfolk, Va.: Chrysler Museum of Art, 1991. p. 108, fig. 215.