The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Cartes-de-visite album of "spirit" photographs]

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Object Details

Title:

[Cartes-de-visite album of "spirit" photographs]

Artist/Maker:

William H. Mumler (American, 1832 - 1884)

Culture:

American

Place:

Boston, Massachusetts, United States (Place Created)

Date:

1862 - 1875

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XD.760.1

Dimensions:

Closed: 15.9 × 13.4 × 5.1 cm (6 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 2 in.)

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Object Description

39 cartes-de-visite in a brown leather bound album. The front is embossed with a floral design.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Memento Mori (October 31, 1990 to January 6, 1991) (Images 6, 14, 17, 33)
  • UCR / California Museum of Photography (Riverside), October 31, 1990 to January 6, 1991
A Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult (November 2, 2004 to December 31, 2005) (Images 1 - 2, 11, 14, 17, 33)
  • Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (Paris), November 2, 2004 to February 6, 2005
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), September 27 to December 31, 2005
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009) (Image 6 - 7)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009
Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (October 10, 2012 to August 25, 2013) (Images 7, 11, 16, 17, 24 - 25)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), October 10, 2012 to January 27, 2013
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), February 17 to May 5, 2013
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, June 2 to August 25, 2013
Bibliography
Bibliography

Kaplan, Louis. The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008).