There is biographical information on Knaffl at the bottom of the listing. Photo: Approximately 19 x 15 inches.
Frame: Approximately 26 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches. We are not describing the frame, as that is outside our specialty. We are only commenting on the photo. At first, I thought the brown, especially at upper left, was discoloration.
But if you look around, you'll see the brown was used for shading and to give this 1897 silver print an old-fashioned sepia look. Joseph Knaffl (October 9, 1861 - March 23, 1938) was an American art and portrait photographer, active in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best known for his 1899 portrait,'Knaffl Madonna,' which has been reprinted thousands of times, and is still used for Hallmark Christmas cards. Knaffl was a partner in two Knoxville studios: Knaffl and Brother, formed in 1884, and Knaffl and Brakebill, formed in 1909... He learned photography working at the studio of his brother-in-law, early Knoxville portraitist T.
In 1884, he and his brother, Charles, formed their own studio, Knaffl and Brother. This studio, which eventually moved into a building on Gay Street, focused primarily on artistic photographs. Following Charles's death in 1904, Knaffl continued running the studio alone or with various partners. In 1909, Knaffl formed a portrait studio with one of his protégés, James Brakebill (though he continued to manage Knaffl and Brother as a separate studio). Knaffl was in charge of the photography exhibit at the Appalachian Exposition of 1910, and Knaffl and Brakebill provided much of the portrait work for the National Conservation Exposition of 1913.He operated Knaffl and Brother until his death in 1938. Knaffl was married to Lula May Atkin, the daughter of Knoxville hotel and real estate magnate, Samuel T. Knaffl's son, also named Samuel, joined Knaffl and Brother in 1924, and assumed control of the business after his father's death.
Samuel Knaffl died in 1969, and the business, which had evolved into a framing gallery on Kingston Pike, passed to his widow, Sarah. It finally closed in 1987. A grandson of Knaffl, Edward Hurst, Jr.
Was a noted portrait painter in the 1960s and 1970s... During the mid-1890s, the Knaffls made a series of photographs that poked fun at negative racial stereotypes, such as'A Skin Game (1896), which depicts three African-American card players cheating at poker. One such Knaffl photograph would later appear as an ironic joke on the cover of an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson... Knaffl's photographs were featured in magazines such as The Photographic Review, Photo-era Magazine, Photographic Times, Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, and Wilson's Photographic Magazine. Knaffl and Brother often placed first, second or third place in the Southern Division of contests held by the Photographers' Association of America...This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Photographs". The seller is "genest" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.