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    Alexander Gardner "Inspection of Troops at Cumberland Landing, VA" Plate.

    Albumen silver print measuring 8.75" x 7" (sight) and dated May 1862. Titled "Incidents of the War: Inspection of Troops at Cumberland Landing, Pamunkey, VA." Negative by Wood & Gibson. Matting measures 9.5" x 8.75" (sight). Unnumbered plate taken from the 1865 issue of Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Vol. I [Washington, D.C.: Philp and Solomons, [1865-66]. Attractively matted and framed to the overall size of 18" x 17.25". Not examined outside of the frame.

    Alexander Gardner joined Mathew Brady's studio in the 1850s and introduced the new wet-plate collodion process there. This process was employed in the photographs of the Sketch Book. When Brady's sight deteriorated in the 1850s, Gardner became the studio's chief photographer. Working with the Army of the Potomac as a civilian photographer, Gardner happened to be present during the Battle of Antietam. Carrying his heavy equipment over the battlefield in the immediate aftermath of this bloodiest of battles, he captured a series of beautiful and shocking images. They were exhibited at Brady's New York gallery within a month of publication, where crowds waited in line for hours to view them. When Brady accepted credit for the images, as he was wont to do, the outraged Gardner resigned and set up his own studio, bringing the leading Brady photographers with him. These men, including George Barnard, David Knox, Timothy O'Sullivan, and William Pywell, contributed to the immense Photographic Sketch Book project, and they are scrupulously credited in its captions. In the past 140 years many copies have been broken up for their individual photographs, such as we see here.

    Condition: Near fine.


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