© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2010.81
People
Chandler Seaver, Jr., American (active Boston 1856-1867)
McPherson & Oliver, American (active 1860s)
Title
"The Peculiar Institution" Illustrated [Gordon under medical inspection]
Classification
Photographs
Work Type
photograph, carte-de-visite
Date
April 2, 1863, printed later
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, Louisiana, Baton Rouge
Culture
American
Location
Level 3, Room 3600, University Research Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Albumen silver print on card
Technique
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
image: 8.5 x 5.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.)
mount: 10 x 6.4 cm (3 15/16 x 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: verso, bottom, pre-printed mount: C. Seaver, Jun., Photographer,
    27, Tremont Row, Boston.
  • stamp: verso, lower center, ink, stamp: HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
    FROM
    THE BEQUEST OF
    EVERT JANSEN WENDELL
    1918
  • inscription: verso, center, printed: "THE PECULIAR INSTITUTION" / ILLUSTRATED / Copy of a photograph taken from life / at Baton Rouge, La. Ap. 2, '63; the lacerated / body--months after the brutal flogging had / been inflicted--having healed in the man- / ner represented. The alleged offence was a / trifling one. / How noble and benignant the / countenance of the victim!
Provenance
Harvard College Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, bequest from Evert Jansen Wendell, 1918, on deposit at the Fogg Art Museum.
Evert Jansen Wendell, unknown, bequest to the Harvard College Library, 1918.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell
Accession Year
2010
Object Number
2010.81
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2019 - 01/05/2020

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