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5.2: Photographs by Thomas Anshutz , 1890s

In this series, Anshutz is assumed to be the photographer because he possessed the original negatives, and/or because the images were used as studies for his paintings of the 1890s and 1900s. The series consists of 49 images from glass plate negatives, 3 with vintage albumen prints made from those negatives, and 14 additional prints without negatives, most of which are cyanotype (blue) prints.
Images are grouped by subject matter and setting. Fishing boat scenes, domestic scenes, and beach scenes were probably taken at Holly Beach, NJ, where Anshutz often vacationed with his family. One photograph of a child with Anshutz in the background (filed with Portraits) suggests that others in the family may have been involved in taking these photographs. Images of boys on an industrial riverfront were taken on the Ohio River near Wheeling, then in Virginia, now in West Virginia. Images of Ships and Docks may have been taken during Anshutz's long river excursion down the Delaware and Maurice Rivers in 1897.
The original format of most of these images is the original glass plate negative, either 4x5" or 6 ½ x 8 ½". Vintage contact prints, presumably made by Anshutz, are present for only 3 of these images, all cropped. Digital scans have been made from the original glass negatives, and the negatives themselves are closed to researchers. Copy negatives and copy prints have been created by the Archives for all of the images in this series, and are filed after originals. Copies have not been digitized.
Additional photographs taken by Thomas Anshutz may be filed in Photographs by Circle of Anshutz and Eakins or Unattributed Photographs.
Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Description Container Select
Boys with Fishing Boat, 1890s
(2 glass plate negatives housed in Box 3)
2
1-2
Figures with Fishing Boat, 1890s
(5 glass plate negatives housed in Box 3; includes 1 vintage print)
2
3-4
Boys on Industrial Riverfront, 1890s
(5 glass plate negatives housed in Box 3)
2
5
Riverboat Hudson, 1890s
(1 glass plate negative housed in Box 3)
2
6
Ships and Docks, 1890s
(7 glass plate negatives housed in Boxes 3 and MGP 2; 12 cyanotypes; 1 albumen print)
2
7-9
Domestic Scenes, 1890s
(10 glass plate negatives housed in Boxes 3 and MGP 2; includes 1 vintage print)
(pictured are women, child, man, dogs, and cats; set by house, in yard)
2
10-11
Beach and Water Scenes, 1890s
(6 glass plate negatives housed in Boxes 3 and MGP 2)
2
12
Cows, undated
(8 glass plate negatives housed in MGP 2; includes 1 vintage print)
2
13-14
Model in Roman Costume, undated
(1 glass plate negative housed in Box 3)
2
15
Portraits, 1890s, undated
(4 glass plate negatives housed in Boxes 3 and MGP 2; 1 cyanotype)
(includes David Wilson Jordan and Anshutz with infant son)
2
16-17
Glass Plate Negatives
31 glass negatives
3
Glass Plate Negatives
18 glass negatives
MGP 2

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