The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 25, 2024

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

c. 1855
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

During the first decades of photography, portraits far outnumbered every other type of image.


It seemed a miracle that anyone could afford to have an accurate record of their own likeness or those of their loved ones. This portrait is an excellent example of the hundreds of thousands of portraits produced by commercial photographers in mid-nineteenth-century America. Small scale yet housed in an elaborately decorated thermoplastic case, it was intended to be carried by its owner or displayed on parlor tables or knickknack shelves.
  • Estate of Robert and Joyce Feinman, Akron, OH
    (Bluebird Liquidators, Fairlawn, OH), sold to Barbara Tannenbaum as agent for The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    March 7, 2022-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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