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[Nashville, Tennessee: Market Street Scene of Courthouse Square]

Americanc. 1856

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

In the 1850s, the vast majority of American photographs were portrait daguerreotypes (one-of-a-kind photographs on silver-plated sheets of copper.) Paper photography, already widely used in Europe by mid-decade, was slow to catch on here, and portraiture remained the dominant subject. These views of Nashville and Lexington—among the earliest photographs of either city—are rare depictions of urban life before the Civil War outside the long-established cities of the East Coast.

Details

  • Title: [Nashville, Tennessee: Market Street Scene of Courthouse Square]
  • Creator: American
  • Date: c. 1856
  • Physical Dimensions: w21.9 x h16.8 cm (overall)
  • Type: Photographs
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Salted paper print from glass negative
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Alex Novak in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker on the occasion of her retirement

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