Very Rare 1865 Large Format Civil War Albumen of Petersburg, Va.
Very Rare 1865 Large Format Civil War Albumen of Petersburg, Va. – This large format albumen by Lazelle & McMullin of Petersburg, is from their series “Views of Petersburg and environs, including Lines of Defense, Forts, etc., etc. for sale”; the back of the mount is marked – “Lazelle & McMullin 39 Sycamore Street PETERSBURG, VA.” This image, not previously seen by us, shows a street scene in Petersburg, likely dating to just after the Union army entered the city. Storefronts and signs are clearly visible, as are wagons, horses, mules and townspeople. The image was taken looking south, up the hill on Sycamore St. in Petersburg; today, several of the buildings seen in the image are still standing. Overall, the image proper is in good condition, with some minor areas of foxing and slight loss; the mount is somewhat dirty, but strong. The back of the mount exhibits the “art work” of a young child – pencil marks and the practice efforts of a young student scribbling his or her numbers. This image was found in an old house in Petersburg, along with a tinted CDV of the famous, 18th century Blandford Church, a focal point during the Battle of the Crater, as well as two tintypes with backs labeled with advertisements for famed war period, Virginia photographers, C.R. Rees and George W. Minnis, who had studios in Petersburg. These additional images will accompany the large albumen of the Petersburg street scene.
The images measure as follows:
Lg. Albumen – Card: W – 8.5”; Ht. – 6.75” ; Image: W – 7.75”; Ht. – 5.75”
Tintypes – each with G.W. Minnis and Rees labels; usual CDV size for both images
Blandford Church image – Rockwell’s Gallery backmark; usual CDV size