Cassius Marcellus Clay

about 1850
Southworth and Hawes (American, active 1843–62)


Dimensions

Image: 21.6 x 16.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.) Framed: 34.2 x 29 x 3.5 cm (13 7/16 x 11 7/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2252

Medium or Technique

Photograph, daguerreotype, hand tinted by Mrs Hawes

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Copy, by Southworth and Hawes, of daguerreotype now in SPNEA collection

Inscription

Board, verso in graphite: "C. M. Clay/to Rus[sia]/Minist[er] -antislavery" [?]/11942 [?]. According to Lavinia Clay (11/10/04), Cassius Marcellus Clay was appointed minister (=ambassador) to Russia by President Lincoln.
Frame, in iron gall ink: "Made at Southworth & Hawes, 5 1/2 Tremont Row, Boston."

Markings

U. l. plate maker mark, Spirit of Fact #4.

Provenance

By inheritance within the family of the sitter to Landon T. Clay, Peterborough, NH; 2004, year-end gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 23, 2005)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay