[Broadway, New York City, in the rain]

Artist: Edward Anthony (American, 1818–1888)

Artist: Henry T. Anthony (American, 1814–1884)

Date: ca. 1860s

Medium: Albumen silver print

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Warner Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1980

Accession Number: 1980.1056.3


Edward Anthony and his brother Henry were the founders of New York's first manufacturers and purveyors of cameras and photographic supplies. In 1859, Anthony published a series of their own stop-action or "instantaneous" stereographic views, including Broadway on a Rainy Day. Remarkable for its crystalline clarity, the photograph sold thousands of copies in the 1860s and still ranks among the most collectible images of New York City.

A stereograph, commonly known as a stereo view, is a double photograph presented in such a manner that an observer looking through a stereoscope sees a single image in three dimensions.