Saturday, October 2, 2010

October 2, 1860: Mathew Brady opens new photography gallery

On October 2, 1860, the New York Herald previewed the opening of a new photography gallery by noted photographer Mathew B. Brady:
BRADY'S NEW NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY.--The new gallery which has been so long in preparation for Mr. Brady's photographic establishment, at the corner of Broadway and Tenth street, will be opened this week. Report speaks of it as being unique of its kind, the space devoted to it and the elegance of its decorations being unapproached by those of any building hitherto devoted to art in this country. But the accessories of the gallery, splendid as they are, will interest the visitor less than the magnificent collection of national portraits which Mr. Brady displays here for the first time, his labors for the last two seasons in Washington having enabled him to complete the series which he has been so many years forming. The new gallery will be opened for a private view to the press and art connoiseurs of the city on Thursday evening next. Upwards of five hundred invitations have been issued.[1]
One of the photographs on display at the new gallery was almost certainly the portrait of Abraham Lincoln (above) that Brady had taken on February 27, 1860, the day of Lincoln's speech at Cooper Union.

1. “Brady's New National Photographic Gallery,” New York Herald, October 2, 1860

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