Brooklyn, New York: Williamson Bros. [circa 1856-1859].
Oval albumen portrait photograph. Approximately 6" x 8" at widest points. Mounted on a larger card with the embossed stamp of "Williamson Bros. / Fulton St. / Brooklyn". A little soiling on the mount, slight streak or smudge on the face of the subject, small tear on mount, very good to near fine. A portrait of a distinctive looking clergyman, or possibly a professor, with a goatish chin beard and wearing dark spectacles, but who is otherwise unidentified. The photographs, Williamson Brothers, were active in Brooklyn between 1856-1859, and were well-known for their work with daguerreotypes. This image seems likely to be an early example of an albumen print. Assuming the subject was indeed from Brooklyn himself, it seems possible some research might elicit further identification.