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Civil War Collage

A work made of photocollage (albumen prints).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of photocollage (albumen prints).

Date:

c. 1860/70

Artist:

Maker unknown

About this artwork

Around the time of the Civil War, cartes de visite—small, inexpensive studio portraits—became extremely popular among middle-class Americans. Cartes were traded, kept in albums, and occasionally cut and pasted to form personalized collages. This is an unusual example of a portrait collage in that it implies a family tree, with layers of photographs clustered at the bottom and hierarchical rows at the top. It is possible that the composition focuses on a Union soldier, his commanding officers, and his family. If so, the work represents a transition from textual record keeping, such as lists of births and deaths, to a new visual narrative of family history, whether kept in an album or framed on the wall.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Unknown

Title

Civil War Collage

Date

Made 1855–1875

Medium

Photocollage (albumen prints)

Dimensions

Image/ paper: 33.4 × 30.7 cm (13 3/16 × 12 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Ernest N. Kahn Photography Fund

Reference Number

2010.318

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