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Ambrotype of Elisa Greenwell with handwritten note

Smithsonian Institution,


A black-and-white photograph of Elisa Greenwell (a) accompanied by a handwritten paper note with identifying information (b). In the photograph, Greenwell is seated and faces the camera directly, with her right elbow propped on a table and both hands resting in her lap. Her hair is pinned up at the back of her head. She wears a light-colored dress with a large-scale plaid pattern, white lace collar and stock, and a dark-colored shawl draped over her shoulders. Her cheeks and lips are hand-tinted in a pinkish hue and a spot of gilt is placed over a pin worn at her center front neck. The ambrotype is housed in one half of a wooden case with a papier-mâché cover in a floral design and painted black. The glass plate is surrounded by a gold metal frame with an oval-shaped cut out. A metal hook for fastening the case to the missing lid is present on the right side of the case. | The accompanying loose paper note (b) has handwritten text in black ink reading: "Elisa Greenwell resident of Philadelphia / runaway from the residence of / William Edelen of Leondardtown Md / in 1859". The reverse is blank.
Medium: cased photograph (a): collodion and silver on glass photographic plates, with wood, papier-mâché, and metal case; ; note (b): ink on paper
Dimensions: H x W x D (a): 3 11/16 × 3 1/4 × 7/16 in. (9.4 × 8.3 × 1.1 cm) ; H x W (b): 3/4 × 2 13/16 in. (1.9 × 7.1 cm)
Object number: 2015.97.4ab
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Subject of: Elisa Greenwell, American
Place depicted: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America ; Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Photograph by: Unidentified
Data Source: National Museum of African American History and Culture


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ARGOMENTI : # in Arti / Fotografia /
Scienze umane / Storia / Storia: specifici eventi e argomenti / Schiavitù e abolizione della schiavitù /
Società e scienze sociali / Società e cultura / Gruppi sociali / Studi etnografici / Minoranze etniche e multiculturalismo
TAG : tag: ambrotypes , Portraits , notes , African American , Emancipation , freedom , Fugitive enslaved , photography , Resistance , Self-liberation , Slavery
DATAZIONE: 1860 - 1869