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  • Elizabeth Johnstone, Seated Newhaven Fishwife

    1843–48
    Hill and Adamson (Scottish, 19th century Scottish), Inclusive of David Octavius Hill (Scottish, 1802–1870 Scottish), Inclusive of Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1821–1848 Scottish)

    Description

    The early history of photography in Edinburgh is distinguished by the remarkable partnership between the painter David Octavius Hill and the engineer Robert Adamson, who brought Talbot’s calotype, or paper negative, process to an artistic summit. The quiet dignity of this portrait of Elizabeth Johnstone, from Hill and Adamson’s documentary series on the Scottish fishing village of Newhaven, is due in part to certain characteristics of the calotype process. The grainy paper negative eliminated excessive detail and shaped a monumental figure out of broad areas of light and shadow. Showing the strain of the long exposure, the sitter supports herself against the stack of picturesque baskets, her eyes downcast. Her sculptural serenity is enlivened by the conflicting stripes of the skirts and aprons of her regional costume, an effect repeated in the sparkling pattern of the rough woven baskets.

    Provenance

    William and Deborah Struve, East Haddam, CT; purchased September 1974.

    Credit Line

    Purchased with funds given by David Bakalar

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 21.27 x 15.87 cm (8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.) Mount: 37.5 x 26.0 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1974.469

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, salt print from calotype negative

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  • Mother and Child

    1930–35
    Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965 American)

    Description

    Provenance

    Prakapas Gallery, La Jolla, CA; purchased June 1992.

    Credit Line

    Sophie M. Friedman Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.68 x 19.34 cm (7 3/4 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1992.263

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Migrant Family, Texas

    1936
    Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965 American)

    Description

    Dorothea Lange had a deep-seated belief in photography as a tool for social change. She was hired in the mid-1930s by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to document the plight of the poor and dispossessed during the Depression. Her empathetic response to her subjects set her work apart from many of her contemporaries. This image depicts a migrant family from Texas trying to escape the drought-stricken Dust Bowl. Telling details are captured in Lange’s characteristically sensitive style, including the shotgun shell held by the solemn child, the mother’s weary stance and bandaged legs, and the father’s hunched form as he crawls under the broken-down truck to repair it.

    Inscription

    Lettered on verso: Farm Security Administration/Photograph by Lange/ Date taken Aug. 1936 / Neg. No. 9740-C/ "Migrant Family, Texas"

    Provenance

    Stephen White Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; purchased January 1979.

    Credit Line

    Sophie M. Friedman Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 21.8 x 30.6 cm (8 9/16 x 12 1/16 in.) Sheet: 26.3 x 31.9 cm (10 3/8 x 12 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1979.15

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • At the Vermont State Fair, Rutland

    negative 1941, printed later
    Jack Delano (American (born in Kiev), 1914–1977 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, stamped in black ink, l.l.: This will authenticate that this print is one of a limited edition of 250 Dye Transfer prints made by LIGHT Gallery, of 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019, from the original Farm Security Administration transparencies held by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. / [Signed in pencil by Tennyson Schad] Verso, in black ink and pencil, l.l.: Jack Delano / At the Vermont State Fair, Rutland / Sept. 1941 / Light Gallery Reg. No.: 54.41

    Provenance

    Dan Elias, MA;

    Credit Line

    Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.9 x 33.0 cm (9 x 13 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.392

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, dye transfer print

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  • Barker at the Grounds, Vermont State Fair, Rutland

    1941
    Jack Delano (American (born in Kiev), 1914–1977 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, stamped in black ink, l.l.: This will authenticate that this print is one of a limited edition of 250 Dye Transfer prints made by LIGHT Gallery, of 724 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019, from the original Farm Security Administration transparencies held by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. / [Signed in pencil by Tennyson Schad] Verso, in black ink and pencil, l.l.: Jack Delano / Barker at teh Grounds, Vermont State Fair, Rutland, VT. / Sept. 1941 / Printing Date: 1983 / Light Gallery Reg. No.: 47.21 Verso, in pencil across bottom: LA #47 Jack Delano: Barker at the Grounds, Vermont State Fair, Rutland, VT. Sept 1941 999.47.21

    Provenance

    Dan Elias, MA;

    Credit Line

    Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    22.9 x 33.0 cm (9 x 13 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.393

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, dye transfer print

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  • A Food for Defense Meeting of White FSA Borrowers at White Plains, Greene County, Ga.

    1941
    Jack Delano (American (born in Kiev), 1914–1977 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, typed across top: A Food for Defense meeting of white FSA borrowers at White Plains, Greene County, Ga. May, 1941 Verso, stamped in black ink, l.l.: Please credit / F.S.A. / Farm Security Administration / Photo by: Delano

    Provenance

    Lee Gallery, MA;

    Credit Line

    Gift of Paula and Mack Lee

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    44.3 x 57.8 cm (17 7/16 x 22 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.414

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Mrs. J. Borden Harriman Opens the Campaign for Woodrow Wilson

    1912
    Artist Unidentified artist, American, 20th century (American)

    Description

    Inscription

    u.c. on mount: Today's News in Pictures.; l.c. on mount: Photos copyrightd, 1912, by International News Service, 200 Williams Street, New York

    Provenance

    Private collection; gift June 1973.

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 35.7 x 28.3 cm (14 1/16 x 11 1/8 in.) Mount: 44.6 x 41.0 cm (17 9/16 x 16 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.450

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Newsboy on Street Corner

    1909
    Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940 American)

    Description

    Provenance

    The Witkin Gallery, New York; purchased June 1973.

    Credit Line

    Polaroid Foundation Purchase Fund

    Details

    Accession Number

    1973.301

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • First Work in America

    1910
    Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso in pencil: "First work in America - Italian immigrant carries garments to tenement home for the family to sew - 1910 N. Y. East Side", on verso typed: Lewis W. Hine Memorial Collection, Photo League.

    Provenance

    Carl Siembab Gallery of Photography, Boston; purchased December 1973.

    Credit Line

    Polaroid Foundation Purchase Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 24 x 19 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Sheet: 25 x 20 cm (9 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.614

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Italian Peasants

    Artist Unidentified artist, Italian, 19th century (Italian)

    Description

    Provenance

    The Photographic Eye, Inc., Cambridge, MA; purchased September 1977.

    Credit Line

    Abbott Lawrence Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/sheet: 18.7 x 22.9 cm (7 3/8 x 9 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.638

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Children on Fish Weir

    about 1860–80
    Carlo Naya (Italian (Venice (?)), 1816–1882)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1978, with Stephen T. Rose, Boston, MA; purchased by the MFA. (Accession date: May 1978)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Clifford S. Ackley

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 23.9 x 18.4 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1978.173

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Ruins of Paper Mill, Richmond, Virginia (Franklin paper mill and arsenal)

    April, 1865
    Alexander Gardner (American, 1821–1882 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso in pencil: "Ruins of Paper Mill/Gardner Photo."

    Provenance

    Prakapas Gallery, New York; purchased September 1978.

    Credit Line

    Ellen Kelleran Gardner Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.2 x 23.9 cm (7 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1978.270

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Window Display—Mannequins (Avenue de Gobelins, Paris)

    1920–30
    Jean-Eugène Auguste Atget (French, 1857–1927)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso: Atget stamp and place

    Provenance

    Galerie Schürmann and Kicken, Aachen, West Germany; purchased June 1978.

    Credit Line

    Sophie M. Friedman Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet (slightly variable): 22.4 x 16.8 cm (8 13/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1978.187

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, printing out paper

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  • Shoeshine and pickpocket

    Giorgio Sommer (Italian (born in Germany), 1834–1914)

    Description

    Provenance

    Temple Bar Bookshop, Cambridge, MA; purchased November 1978.

    Credit Line

    Abbott Lawrence Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 23.3 x 19.4 cm (9 3/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1978.419

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • At The Old Well of Acoma

    1904
    Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868–1952)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right in pen and brown ink: Curtis

    Provenance

    Stephen T. Rose, Boston; purchased September 1979.

    Credit Line

    Lucy Dalbiac Luard Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 31.9 x 40.7 cm (12 9/16 x 16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1979.402

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print, brown-toned

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  • Au Siège de Sebastopol (Rue de la Monnaie from the Rue de Rivoli)

    1865–66
    Charles Marville (born Charles François Bossu) (French, 1813–about 1879 French)

    Description

    Charles Marville is known for his photographs of Paris. He was named “photographer of the city of Paris” in 1862, and recorded the city both before and after Baron Haussmann’s massive urban renewal projects of the 1860s. The visual drama that characterizes Marville’s depiction of the rue de la Monnaie is typical of his photographs of old Paris. The converging lines of architecture, sky, and road highlight the tight narrowness of the street, an aspect of old Paris that would soon be swept away by Haussmann’s wide boulevards. Signs and figures animate the surface of the corner building, contrasting with the empty street and the stillness of the delivery wagons waiting there.

    Inscription

    With Louvre blind stamp.

    Provenance

    Robert Hershkowitz, London, England; purchased June 1980.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 27.1 x 26.8 cm (10 11/16 x 10 9/16 in.) Mount: 33.2 x 31.9 cm (13 1/16 x 12 9/16 in.) Mount: 60.2 x 41.4 cm (23 11/16 x 16 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1980.217

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • A Madonna of the Tenements

    1904
    Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso: Hine stamp; title and date in pencil.

    Provenance

    Stephen T. Rose, Boston; purchased February 1981.

    Credit Line

    A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image (round, diameter): 10 cm (3 15/16 in.) Sheet: 17.8 x 12.7 cm (7 x 5 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.34

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Tailor's Shop, Cairo

    Artist Unidentified artist, 19th century

    Description

    Provenance

    Stephen T. Rose, Boston; purchased June 1981.

    Credit Line

    Francis Welch Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 25.2 x 19.0 cm (9 15/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Mount: 53.7 x 39.3 cm (21 1/8 x 15 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.276

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Baptismal Scene

    1925–30, published 1933
    Doris Ulmann (American, 1882–1934 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Photographs were made by Ulmann in the late 1920s in South Carolina, probably on the plantation owned by Pulitzer prize winner Julia Peterkin, who wrote the text for Roll, Jordan, Roll.

    Provenance

    William Clift, Santa Fe, NM; gift December 1984.

    Credit Line

    Gift of William Clift in memory of Otelia Barnes and Dora Zeigler

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 21.6 x 16.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.) Sheet: 28.6 x 21 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.861

    Medium or Technique

    Photogravure

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  • Group Portrait of Thirteen Men

    1850–60
    Southworth and Hawes (American, 1843–62)

    Description

    Markings

    L. l. plate maker mark: "Doublé". Spirit of Fact #9 or #10.

    Provenance

    Richard Parker, Jaffrey, NH; gift to MFA May 25, 1994.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Richard Parker in memory of Herman Parker

    Details

    Dimensions

    Plate: 16.5 x 21.6 cm (6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1994.130

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, daguerreotype

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  • James Linton. Newhaven Fisherman

    1843-47
    Hill and Adamson (Scottish, 19th century Scottish), Inclusive of David Octavius Hill (Scottish, 1802–1870 Scottish), Inclusive of Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1821–1848 Scottish)

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, in graphite pencil, l. l.: Sandy James Linton.

    Provenance

    American photography dealer, 1980s; Michael Mazur, Cambridge, MA; gift December 1996.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Michael and Gail Mazur

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 20.2 x 14.1 cm (7 15/16 x 5 9/16 in.) Sheet: 21.1 x 14.5 cm (8 5/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1996.361

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, salted paper print from paper nagative

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  • The Cheap Fish of St. Giles's from "Street Life in London," 1877

    1877
    Artist John Thomson (English, 1785–1866 English)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA or Witkin Gallery, NYC; Richard Germann, Boston, MA; gift June 2001.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Richard Germann

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 11.2 x 9 cm (4 7/16 x 3 9/16 in.) Mount: 27.8 x 21.4 cm (10 15/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.349

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, Woodburytype

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  • Painting Studio

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    late 19th century
    Unknown (Austrian, 19th century Austrian, 19th century)

    Description

    Provenance

    Given to G. Attwood. By descent to S. McLaughlin.

    Credit Line

    Charles Bain Hoyt Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    11 x 15.3 cm (4 5/16 x 6 in. )

    Accession Number

    2002.238

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph

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  • Three Pipers (Trois Pifferari)

    about 1853–54
    Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)

    Description

    Charles Nègre belonged to the first generation of artist-photographers in France. His training as an artist informed all of the works in his large and varied oeuvre, perhaps especially his studies of the street people of Paris and their occupations, long a favorite subject of printmakers. His genre scenes, which were posed because of the protracted exposures, are pioneering examples of street photography, depicting familiar types such as ragpickers, chimney sweeps, and stonemasons. Exotic Italian pipers, shown here at rest in a palpitating light, had a strong presence in the artistic and musical imagination of the day. Nègre’s salted paper print lends a soft, pictorial effect to the details of their instruments, costume, and physiognomy.

    Inscription

    Signed in ink recto lower left

    Provenance

    Sotheby's Paris Jammes III sale lot 335 (March 22, 2002); purchased for the MFA through Charles Isaacs, NY (importer of record), accessioned by MFA Sept. 25, 2002

    Credit Line

    Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by Saundra B. Lane

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    James Borcoman, "Charles Negre, 1820-1880," Ottawa: 1976, related to cat. nos. 106-108, 131-132.

    Dimensions

    Image/sheet: 15.9 x 20.2 cm (6 1/4 x 7 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.334

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, salted paper print from wet-collodion-on-glass negative

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  • Loggers Camping

    around 1900
    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, gray ink, u.l.: Loggers camping

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.815

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Cedars (with two child loggers)

    around 1900
    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, in gray ink, u.l.: Cedars

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.816

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Northeast Gate of the city wall from within Seoul (NRICP Relic No.: 2876)

    Northeast gate of the city wall from interior, Seoul

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.669

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • The street ashes leading to the Blue Unicorn Valley- My house over on the left, brushwood in foreground (NRICP Relic No.: 2870)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.670

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Crowd collected to witness the passing of the King (NRICP Relic No.: 2883)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.673

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Korean Interpreters into Japanese (NRICP Relic No.: 2899)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.687

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Character performance and musician in the inner court of a monastery (NRICP Relic No.: 2918)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.691

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • U.S. Legaion at Seoul: Mister Foote, Mrs. Foote, suite and household (NRICP Relic No.: 2871)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.692

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Apothocary Shop (NRICP Relic No.: 2904)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.694

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Korean Gentleman in the inner courtyard of his home, Seoul (NRICP Relic No.: 2900)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.700

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • My Japanese cook dressed in Korean clothes in a corner of a narrow street (NRICP Relic No.: 2872)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.709

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Singing Girl : "The Fragrant Iris" (NRICP Relic No.: 2877)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.717

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • The Foreign School: courtyard in front of building (NRICP Relic No.: 2875)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.719

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Korean Palaguin (NRICP Relic No.: 2917)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.723

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Their Highness the Prime Minister, His sons and grandsons (NRICP Relic No.: 2924)

    Korean
    1884
    Percival Lowell (American, 1855–1916)

    Description

    Provenance

    1883/4, Percival Lawrence Lowell (b. 1855 - d. 1916), Boston, Foreign Secretary and Counselor to Korean Embassy in 1883. 2003, gift of the MFA Photograph Library (closed in 1970) to the MFA (Accession Date: October 2, 2003).

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph Library

    Details

    Accession Number

    2003.726

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Theodore Ferris (“Candy Sam”), blind seller of apples and confectionary, Yale, New Haven, CT

    1865
    George Kendall Warren (American, 1824–1884)

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased from Graphics International Ltd., Washington, D. C. 1/14/75; given to MFA 6/22/2005.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles W. Millard III

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 18.7 x 13.4 cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.) Mount: 31.8 x 25.1 cm (12 1/2 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.304

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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    Americas, Photography

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  • Sleeping Tramp in Marseilles

    1935–37
    Brassaï (Gyula Halasz) (French (born in Hungary), 1899–1984)

    Description

    Inscription

    On verso: signed in pencil: Brassaï; copyright stamps; date in pencil 1935

    Provenance

    Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago, IL; purchased November 1986.

    Credit Line

    Sophie M. Friedman Fund

    Copyright

    Photograph by Brassaï. © Gilberte Brassaï.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 23.6 x 17.6 cm (9 5/16 x 6 15/16 in.) Mount: 42.9 x 35.4 cm (16 7/8 x 13 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.594

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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    Europe, Photography

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  • Lyric Theatre from Berenice Abbott's New York

    1936
    Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Edition: 37/60.

    Provenance

    Lois Torf, Weston, MA; gift December 1989.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Lois B. Torf

    Copyright

    © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics Ltd., Inc., NYC

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 27.1 x 34.6 cm (10 11/16 x 13 5/8 in.) Mount: 51.0 x 41.0 cm (20 1/16 x 16 1/8 in.) Case: 55.24 x 43.18 x 5.08 cm (21 3/4 x 17 x 2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.830

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Not On View

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    Americas, Photography

    Classifications

    Photographs, Portfolios

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  • Bringing down logs for Heatley and Comapny's steamers

    around 1900
    Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso, in black ink, u.l.: Bringing down logs for Heatley & Co's steamers

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.812

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

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  • Description

    Inscription

    Verso, in gray ink, u.l.: Log Train

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigrov

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 15.2 x 20.3 cm (6 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.813

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Not On View

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