Quarter-Plate Tintype of a Smiling African-American Child, c. 1860s. African-Americana, Photography - 19th Century.

Quarter-Plate Tintype of a Smiling African-American Child, c. 1860s.

American: 1860s. N.p., c. 1860s. 4 ¾ x 3 ½ inches. Very Good. Item #List0103

A wonderful image in a very uncommon large format of a boy maybe seven or eight years old, possibly a drummer boy, showing a level of intimacy and warmth not usually found in portraits of the period. The obstacles in place to create this image are substantial: the generally stiff and composed nature of formal portraiture of the time period; the prevalence of formal poses in portraiture; the wealth disparity between African-Americans and Euro-Americans which made African-American portraits relatively uncommon; and the larger quarter plate format, which was rarely used due to the higher cost. Well preserved with some wear to edges but good contrast and exposure to the image.

Price: $2,500.00