Misc.: 1839-1865 (Item 27 of 465)

Black Girl with Candlestick

Opening: $1,000
Hammer Price: $1,600
Skylight Gallery 16
February 2003

American sixth plate daguerreotype ca. 1850 showing a young black girl dressed in white gown, wearing a wreath of white flowers in her hair and holding what appears to be a candlestick. Housed in half case with missing rail.   ( Inventory# ia199 )

An intriguing image which appears to fall outside the orbit of black images taken for the benefit of white slave-owners. The little girl is quite agitated and has moved her hands and head resulting in a partially doubled pair of eyes. The white clothing, flowers, and candlestick? seem intended to signify some solemn, memorable occasion, perhaps such as a first communion.

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Misc.: 1839-1865   (Item 27 of 465)