He appears to be a teenager-- or older child / young man, as the "teenager" as such did not exist in the 19th century- or in his early twenties. Convex sepia toned photo measures approx 19.5" H x 13.5" W.The year 1896 is noted on the back of the photo in pencil. Includes original tiger striped wood frame and convex bubble glass (in the main listing photo the portrait is pictured on top of the glass; see notes on frame below).
The photo is itself convex and curved to fit the bubble glass. The man is not identified nor is there a location given, though the picture was found in the Washington D.It is exceedingly rare to see a full seated portrait of a young African American man in the 19th century, particularly when noting his apparent status and sophistication. His occupation is not identified and he is not in military attire; Possibly he is a student. The most serious issues are the the long rips going diagonally from the top to center of the portrait. There does not seem to be material loss at the tears; from my examination I believe them to be closed; they only do not look so due to the curvature of the surface. The edges of the portrait are chipped and frayed as well, which is if lesser significance as this is largely covered by the frame. Once the photo is stabilized and these tears are mended (I would recommend finding a reputable conservationist who specializes in this kind of repair and restoration) this will be an extraordinary piece. (Frame) The original tiger striped wood frame looks great and is in very nice condition overall with no major issues but a few imperfections, e. Nicks and scratches, small surface crack or two not affecting structural integrity. The bubble glass in excellent condition, free of chips or cracks. Please note : The frame has the original hanging wire but is missing the backing board; as such the portrait is not ready to hang from the box and requires some assembly plus the paper backing board (inexpensive). I do not know exactly how it assembles, as the bubble glass sits atop the frame; however a reputable framer or anyone familiar with these portraits will be able to find you a backing board and fix the frame for you.
The item "1896 ANTIQUE CONVEX PHOTO YOUNG BLACK MAN FULL PORTRAIT AFRICAN AMERICAN FRAMED" is in sale since Sunday, October 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\Other Antique Photographs".
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