Unidentified Military Officer

Accession Number

Unidentified Military Officer


Object Creation Date
circa 1862-1865

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Subject matter
The figure of this United States naval officer establishes the right-hand edge of the photograph. He gazes with a solemn expression to the left out of the picture plane. The gold embroidered rings on his sleeves and his bicorne hat in his right hand signal his high rank in the Navy, likely a commodore. Here he poses for the photographer Mathew Brady, whose studio produced a large number of similar cartes-de-visite of noteworthy United States Army and Navy officers during the Civil War.  

Physical Description
Three-quarter length portrait of man in a military uniform.

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Collection Area

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armed forces
cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
military uniforms
officers (administrators)

4 Related Resources

Photographic Portraiture in the 19th Century
(Part of: Identity and Self-Understanding)
U.S. Civil War
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
U.S. Wars
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)

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