Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 52

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--DOUGLASS, FREDERICK.) Photograph of Douglass by J.P. Ball, an African American photographer. Typical carte-de-visite with Ball's Cincinnati logo on the reverse. Cincinnati, circa 1867

Additional Details

Photographer James Presley Ball (1825-1904) was born to free parents in Frederick County, VA. Ball learned daguerreotype photography from the black Boston photographer, John B. Bailey, while he was in White Sulphur Springs, Virginia (now West Virginia). After an unsuccessful attempt at a studio in Cincinnati in 1845, Ball became an itinerant photographer traveling to Pittsburgh, and throughout Ohio, finally settling again in Cincinnati in 1849. Images of African Americans by Ball are quite uncommon; this image of Frederick Douglass done in 1867 is rare.