May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 73

Price Realized: $ 750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Paxson, Charles; photographer. Learning is Wealth: Wilson, Charley, Rebecca & Rosa, Slaves from New Orleans. Albumen carte-de-visite photograph, 3 1/4 x 2 inches, on original printed mount; minor foxing and wear. New York, 1864

Additional Details

The sitters in this photograph were all known from other photographs. The fair-skinned children Charley, Rebecca and Rosa had recently been freed from slavery, and their images used to stir up sympathy against the institution (see below). Wilson Chinn, the freedman at right, had been depicted with various instruments of torture used on slaves. Here Chinn and the children are shown learning reading together as free people. Both those images and this one were produced as a fundraiser as stated on verso: "The nett proceeds from the sale of these Photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen'l Banks."