History Drawn with Light :: Early Photographs



History Drawn with Light :: Early Photographs

from the Collections of the Mass. Historical Society
Through June 3, 2011
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02115

In 1840, almost a soon as photography arrived in America, the MHS began to collect images of notable figures, artifacts, and landscapes recorded with "the pencil of nature." Examples of these early photographs will be on display in the Society's exhibition, History Drawn with Light: Early Photographs from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.


View one of Boston's oldest photographs, the Old Feather Store by Francis Calley Gray, together with portraits and views by early daguerreotype artists such as the notable Albert S. Southworth and Josiah J. Hawes, and the later work of professional and amateur photographers who documented 19th-century American history as it unfolded. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 1 PM to 4 PM. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Eaton Vance Investment Counsel and The William L. Saltonstall Memorial Fund at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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