Washington, D.C. [ca. 1891]. Albumen card-mounted photograph, image approximately 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Light wear to card. Faint line of older adhesive substance in center of photograph. Minor wear and fading. About very good. Item #WRCAM52746
A large photograph of a well-dressed African- American woman posing with four white children. The woman wears a demure, dark dress with a high collar and brooch at her throat. Her hair is parted in the center and pulled back. She stares fixedly into the camera. Four white children pose on and around her, the oldest two girls standing behind and to either side of her, while a younger girl and the youngest boy each sit next to her, their arms leaning on her thighs. The boy is dressed in a sailor suit, cap in hand. We suppose that the woman is the children's nanny, or similar trusted household servant. One of the most striking factors is the sheer size of the photograph, in addition to the subject matter. The mount is stamped with the logo for Prince's studios in Washington, D.C., with the center stamped: "Enamel Finish, 1891 Imperial."