Albumen print from wet collodion negative
Image: 28.1 x 24.5 cm (11 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)
James Parmelee Fund 1994.19
Depicting artists alongside one of their creations, a format borrowed from painting, identifies their occupation and advertises their abilities. Price, a noted painter, had a short but significant photography career between 1854 and 1862. Around 1858, he produced a portfolio of photographs of a dozen eminent British painters, including Irish historical painter Daniel Maclise. Emphasizing their professional status, he posed them in fine clothing amid the tools of their trade, including props and furniture. Johnston, a well-regarded painter in Cincinnati and later Baltimore, was also a camera operator for the Cincinnati branch of Whitehurst Studio. His far sparer self-portrait came from an album that contained his own and others’ photographs and clippings, including the Whitehurst photograph of Senator Pugh on the facing wall
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