Sale 2534 - Lot 90
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(ART.) Rocher, Henry; photographer. Carte-de-visite portrait of the sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Albumen photograph, 3 1/2 x 2 inches, on original mount with photographer's backmark; minimal wear. Chicago, IL, circa 1866-71
A portrait of Mary Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), whose sculptures were popular in abolitionist circles. She spent most of her later career in Rome. She was essentially the only African-American woman to make any headway into white mainstream artistic circles in the 19th century. The photographer was at this 88 North Clark Street address in Chicago from about 1866 until the 1871 fire.
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