Exhibitions/ Art Object

Sherman and His Generals

Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)
George N. Barnard (American, 1819–1902)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 25.6 x 36 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/16 in.)
Frame: 47 x 57.2 cm (18 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester
Not on view
During the Grand Review of the Armies held in Washington, D.C., at the close of the Civil War, Brady scheduled an afternoon portrait session with Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman and his closest staff. All but one of the eight officers arrived promptly at the studio. “At 3 o’clock he had not put in an appearance,” Brady recalled of the missing general, “so we made a negative without him” (see ills.). Later in the day, when the tardy officer presented himself, Brady photographed him alone, reuniting him with his comrades by means of photomontage.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 27, pp. 50, 211.