Smithsonian: “Matthew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals”


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“Matthew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals”

By assembling teams of photographers and securing permission for them to accompany Union forces in the field, Mathew Brady produced an extraordinary visual record of the Civil War. But there was more to his efforts during the war: his New York and Washington galleries did a brisk business creating studio portraits of the ever-changing roster of Union generals. Countless generals and Union officers assuming a new command or receiving a promotion eagerly posed for large-format portraits due to  the burgeoning popularity of inexpensive, calling card-size photographs known as cartes de visite.

Visitors can view the exhibit through May 31, 2015, at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

More information: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/uniongenerals/