Cabinet Card Portrait of an African-American Woman by James P. Ball

Seattle, Wash. J.P. Ball & Sons, [circa 1898].

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Unbound. Cabinet card photograph. Image measures approximately 4" x 5½" on photographer's cardstock mount with photographer's imprint beneath the image. Bust-style image of a Black woman, perhaps in her 30s, with an elaborate black lace collar. A scratch and soiling on the image, overall good or better. The Virginia-born African-American photographer James P. Ball was one of the best-known Black photographers of the 19th Century. A peripatetic photographer who started out as a daguerreotypist in 1845, he settled serially in various parts of the country: Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Missouri, and elsewhere, and finally, with the assistance of his son, in Seattle at or slightly before the turn of the new century. He died in Hawaii in 1904. Photographs of Black subjects by Ball are relatively uncommon.

Item #552602

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Item #552602 Cabinet Card Portrait of an African-American Woman by James P. Ball. James P. BALL.