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    African-American Nursemaid (Slave) Posing with Her Family, ca 1860s. A very nice horizontal quarter plate tintype portraying a young white couple sitting beside a slave who cradles their infant child in her arms. The couple exude an aura of upper-middle class wealth, and are also proud to have their nursemaid to be sitting in their photograph. The African-American woman has a very strange defiant demeanor. Within a very few years of this sitting, Phil Sheridan's Union cavalry would sweep away some of the slavery in the southern states. This image, therefore, truly documents the end of an era. It is subtly tinted with pink flesh tones and light blue in the fields. Housed in a union case behind a brass mat and glass. The lid of the case is molded with tableaux of Cupid defeating a wounded stag. (Krainik 36).

    Excellent, near mint condition, with fantastic contrast, minute chips to case, else overall excellent condition.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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