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Josha A Beal outdoor photograph of NYC family c1870
Josha A Beal outdoor photograph of NYC family c1870


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Josha A Beal was an American photographer, born in 1831. This is a rare large format outdoor photograph of a well-to-do family their home in NYC circa 1870. The original American black walnut frame with gold insert measures 23 x 28 x 3 inches. The viewing area of the photograph is 12 x 19 inches. The insert (which is original) states J A Beal Photographer 587 and 603 Broadway and 16 Beekman St N.Y. Good condition with slight fading under original glass. The family is enjoying a game of croquet. There is a courting bench next to the house. Included in the image are gardeners, a maid, a governess, little girls with croquet mallets, and a driver waiting in a 2-horse carriage. A Photographic "View of New York" monumental 5-part panorama of lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge Tower was shot by by Beal in 1876. The albumen prints, total size 10.5 x 87 inches (26.7x221 cm.), flush mounted, sold on 10/4/2012 at Swann Galleries in NY for $96,000. See New York, An Illustrated History, 170-171. Beal's view of New York City was shot in January 1876, after the photographer wrestled his heavy camera equipment, glass plate negatives, and tripod up the tower's thirty flights of stairs. Beal exposed five negatives to create a composite photograph nearly seven feet long. The images provided a never-before-seen sweeping panorama of lower Manhattan's landmarks and commercial activity along the East River. In the distance, landmarks such as Trinity Church, the Western Union Building, St. Paul's Chapel, the new Post Office, and the Tribune Building are also depicted. Dominating the scene is the massive New York Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed in 1883. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to We also offer a consultation service, ... as well as an online price guide at Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut please add the CT state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.

Item 8353:    $2,800

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