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Rare Charleston, SC CDV by George N. Barnard, Civil War Photographer

Rare Charleston, SC CDV by George N. Barnard, Civil War Photographer
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Offered is a fine carte de visite by important 19th Century photographer George Norman Barnard (1819-1902), who is best known for his important wartime images of the South, first while accompanying General Sherman on his Georgia campaign. Barnard's book, "Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign", is one of the most important collections of images of the Civil War. Barnard also recorded important images of the destruction in Charleston in around March 1865, and then went on to Columbia and then North Carolina. However, Barnard must have felt an affinity for Charleston, because he moved there and opened a business in 1868, in partnership with Charles J. Quinby from 1868-71. In 1871, he moved to Chicago, operating a business successfully there for two years despite losing his studio to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, and having to rebuild. In 1873 he moved back to Charleston, and operated a sole proprietorship photography studio from 1873 to 1880. This CDV of an attractive young Charleston couple probably dates to about 1873, as the style of the reverse of the card is simpler and older in style than the colorful design he was using by 1876. I don't have an idea of who this couple might be, but perhaps there are other photos of the same individuals in Charleston's archives. This piece is in very good condition with a few marks here and there but no tears or repairs. This piece measures about 3 7/8 inches high by 2 1/2 inches wide. All in all a fine example!

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