Five-Minute Museum

Postcards from the dawn of photography

Glimpse 19th-century ghosts through the lenses of pioneering photo artists -- including Lewis Carroll

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    Frank B. Bemis Fund, Barbara M. Marshall Fund, Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, and William E. Nickerson Fund/Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Lewis Carroll (English, 1832–1898), "Xie Kitchin Asleep on Sofa," July 14, 1873.

    Photograph, albumen print from wet collodion negative.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Charles Amos Cummings Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Charles Marville (French, 1816–about 1879), "Au Siège de Sebastopol (Rue de la Monnaie from the Rue de Rivoli)," 1865–68.

    Photograph, albumen print.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Michael and Gail Mazur/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (Scottish, 19th century), "James Linton. Newhaven Fisherman," 1840–50.

    Photograph, salt print from paper negative.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Charles W. Millard III in honor of Clifford S. Ackley/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1882), "Cloudy Sky -- The Mediterranean with Mount Agde," 1856–59.

    Photograph, albumen print from wet collodion glass plate negative.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Jean Baptiste Frénet (French, 1814–1889), "Young Student in Uniform," 1855–60.

    Photograph, salt print.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ernest Wadsorth Longfellow Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Joseph Cundall (English, 1818–1895), "Two Military Musicians," 1856.

    Photograph, lightly coated albumenized silver print.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Gaspard Félix Tournachon Nadar (French, 1820–1910), "The Apostle Preacher Jean Journet," 1857.

    Photograph, salt print.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Lt. Colonel Henry Stuart Wortley (English, 1832–1890), "Beached by the Tide," about 1869.

    Photograph, albumen print from a wet collodion negative.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. John H. and Ernistine A. Payne Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Auguste Rosalie Bisson (French, 1826–1900), "Le Crevasse (Savoie)," 1861.

    Photograph, albumen print from collodion negative.

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    Promised gift of Charles W. Millard III/Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Édouard Denis Baldus (French, 1813–1889), "Group at the Château de La Faloise," 1856.

    Photograph, salted paper print from a wet collodion on glass negative.

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Abbott Lawrence Fund/Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Louis Rémy Robert (French, 1811–1882), "Still Life of Sèvres Porcelain," 1865.

    Photograph, albumenized carbon print.

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