Hundreds of photographers whose names may never be known made their living following the armies during the Civil War. They worked out of canvas tents like this one and traveled at a moment’s notice. Inside these portable studios, itinerant photographers recorded the faces of tens of thousands of soldiers—new recruits and veterans—producing a vast likeness of American society.
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