Apr 17, 2014 - Sale 2345

Sale 2345 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 13,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Group of 11 rare and remarkable photographs prominently featuring African Americans living in the post-Reconstruction-era South. Includes a striking image of a chain gang in Charleston, a street scene in Charleston with an African American man posing in front of a row of stately water-front homes, a family with two oxen-drawn carts in Thomasville, Georgia subtitled "the happy family," and African Americans posing outside their homes; also with scenes in New Orleans, South Carolina, and Virginia. Albumen prints, each 5 7/8x8 inches (14.9x20.3 cm.), each with a caption, in ink, on the two-toned mount recto, as well as with the location and date, also in ink, in the same hand, on mount verso. 1886

Additional Details

Though her possible connection to this set of photographs is unknown, one of the photographic mounts may bear the signature of Julia Handy, Mathew Brady's beloved wife. The captions and dates on the remaining prints also appear to be in the same handwriting. Handy died in 1887.