PORTRAIT OF A MOST ADORABLE CHILD WEARING A BIG HAT (PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES DEFOREST FREDRICKS)

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The adorable little girl with the big hat seen in this cabinet card was photographed by a talented and well known celebrity photographer by the name of Charles DeForest Fredricks (1823-1894).  Fredricks was an innovative American photographer. He learned the art of producing daguerreotypes from the great photographer , Jeremiah Gurney. Fredricks worked in South America through the early 1850’s and then he operated out of Charleston, South Carolina; and Paris, France. He was the first photographer to make life-size portraits. He hired artists to color them using pastel. Fredricks then returned to New York City and rejoined Gurney. In 1854 he developed a new enlarging process and in 1855 he ended his association with Gurney. In the late 1850’s Fredricks ran his studio in Havana, Cuba, and in the 1860’s he opened a studio on Broadway, in New York City. He retired in 1889. Be sure to view the fancy advertisement printed on the reverse of this photograph. This cabinet card portrait is in overall good condition. Note the blemish located at the center top of this photograph (see scans).  

 

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL WELL DRESSED WOMAN BY CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER CHARLES FREDRICKS OF NEW YORK CITY

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The woman who is the subject of this cabinet card photograph is truly beautiful and fabulously dressed. She is also wearing an array of jewelry including a necklace, ring and bracelet. She clearly is from the “one percent” portion of the population and this photograph certainly makes a fashion statement. Her image is captured skillfully by celebrity photographer Charles DeForest Fredricks who operated the Knickerbocker Family Portrait Gallery. To learn more about Fredricks and to view more of his photographs, click on the category “Photographer: Fredricks”. Look at the image below to see the drawing on the reverse of the cabinet card. The drawing depicts the photographer as an artist. He is also shown smoking a pipe. There is a copyright notation from 1881.   SOLDfredricks 1