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[Portrait of Harriet Tubman] (LOC)

Powelson, Benjamin F.,, 1823-1885,, photographer.


[Portrait of Harriet Tubman]


[Auburn, N.Y.] : [Benjamin Powelson], [1868 or 1869]


1 photograph : albumen print on card mount ; mount 10 x 6 cm (carte de visite format)



Photograph shows Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) seated in an interior room, turned to the left. One hand rests on the back of a wooden chair, another rests in her lap. A patterned carpet covers the floor and the wall or drop behind her is a blank light color. Tubman wears a dark bodice that buttons at the center front and has dropped sleeves with heavy ruching and ruffled details on the sleeves. There is a panel of lighter fabric around the yoke, with the upper neck the same dark color as the body of the bodice. A lace collar with short tails is crossed and pinned at the front of her neck. Her hair is parted at the center and gathered at the nape of her neck. Tubman's full skirt is made from a light and dark patterned gingham check. (Source: NMAAHC)

Title devised by Library staff.

Date based on Library of Congress photo conservator's estimates as well as city directories for Auburn, New York (from 1867-1869) listing Powelson's studio at the address shown on the card. DLC

"Harriet Tubman"--handwritten across bottom of the photograph. DLC

Photograph is housed in an album. Album page has decorative gold borders framing the print. DLC

Please use the digital image in the online catalog to preserve to original photograph.

Collection of the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Purchased by the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Swann Galleries; 2017.

Formerly owned by Emily Howland. DLC

Forms part of the Emily Howland photograph album, p. 50.



Tubman, Harriet,--1822-1913.

Howland, Emily,--1827-1929--Friends & associates.

African Americans--Women--New York (State)--New York--1860-1870.



Format: Portrait photographs--1860-1870.

Albumen prints--1860-1870.

Cartes de visite--1860-1870.


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


Part Of: Emily Howland photograph album (DLC) 2017656258


Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):


Call Number: LOT 15020, p. 49


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