VERY rare and original, ca1877 Albumen CDV Photograph of an African American Nanny and her charge - a baby by the name of Ned Whitman - first born son of Bernard and Minnie Hamilton Whitman who was born in Brazil while his father was building the Pernambuco Street Railway. This wonderful CDV Photo measures approx.
2 1/4" by 3 1/2" and is mounted on its original photographer's card mount (overall size of mount is 2 1/2" by 4 1/8"). The Photograph pictures the beautiful Black Nanny dress entirely in white and holding little Ned Whitman (also dressed in white) on her lap.The mount carries the elaborate mark of the photographer - Alberto Henschel & Co. The CDV was originally housed in remnants of the Whitman family CDV Album and was identified on the mount as "Ned and his Nanny". This outstanding and very rare, Black Americana CDV Photograph came to us with a simply fascinating archive of Documents and Photograph spanning 3 generations of the Reverend Jason Whitman Family.
Reverend Whitman was the son of Trinitarian minister Bernard Whitman and brother of Unitarian Ministers Nathaniel and Bernard Whitman. His son Bernard Whitman was a Civil Engineer who built railroads in South America where he died in 1885. Jason also had a son John Fairfield Whitman who served in the United States Navy during and after the Civil War and played an important roll in the Battle of Natural Bridge near Tallahassee, Florida.
Minnie was a director, secretary and general manager of that society for twenty-five years, resigning her position as general manager in 1911. The family spent over two years from 1876 to 1878 in Pernambuco, Brazil where Bernard was engaged in building extensions to the Pernambuco Street Railway. It is in this period that Ned Whitman, pictured as a baby in this Photograph, was born. This wonderful CDV Photograph is in excellent condition - The Image exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and good tonality although it is just a bit light. Both the Photo and the mount are clean and crisp and exceptionally well preserved.A very rare and quite wonderful, original ca1877 CDV Photograph of the Child of Americans Bernard and Minnie Whitman then living and working in Brazil, with his African American Nanny and a fantastic addition to any collection! Be sure to check out this sellers other auctions for a number of other rare Documents and Photographs relating to Bernard and John F. And Click Here to Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers List. Click Here to Discover More About this Item and Many Others on Our New Informational / Non-Commercial / Reference Blog - Walnutts. The item "C1877 AFRICAN AMERICAN NANNY & WHITE BABY CDV PHOTOGRAPH IDENTIFIED PHOTO" is in sale since Friday, November 06, 2015.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs". The seller is "walnutts" and is located in Brewster, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.