Four unidentified female cartes-de-visite by African American photographer James Presley Ball, two under Ball & Thomas and two under J.P. Ball

Ball & Thomas Photographic Art Gallery: 121 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati, (1852-1860). Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-8753

Light soiling and creasing, spotting, staining, one has trimmed corners, another has trimmed corners and a rounded lower margin (affecting the embossed name of J.P. Ball). One has a three cent revenue stamp. All the women are fair/light skinned (white?). Ball & Thomas: 1. Standing, wearing a dark colored dress with decorative sleeve trim and 2. Seated, light colored dress, jacket with blouse (both highly decorated). J.P. Ball: 3 and 4. One seated, one standing, both wearing black dresses. Seated woman is gaunt and looks sad. James Presley Ball (1825-1904) was one of the most renowned African American photographers, his gallery was known as the finest photographic gallery west of the Allegheny Mountains and included many well known clients such as Frederick Douglass, Jenny Lind, Queen Victoria and many Union army officers and soldiers. He died in 1904 at the age of 79. Ball's cartes-de-visites are extremely SCARCE. A total of four, sold as a lot.

Price: $300.00

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