Mar 28, 2019 - Sale 2503

Sale 2503 - Lot 78

Price Realized: $ 375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Marshall, Augustus; photographer. Carte-de-visite of African-American abolitionist Joshua Bowen Smith. Albumen photograph, 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches, on original mount with photographer's backmark and pencil caption on verso; mount cropped to image with corners trimmed. Boston, circa 1874

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Joshua Bowen Smith (1813-1879) was born to a British father and an Afro-Indian mother, and became a very successful caterer in Cambridge, MA, best known for handling Harvard's commencement dinners. He was also active in the Underground Railroad, and often employed fugitive slaves as cooks and waiters.