CDV Lot/Suffragist EVA MUNSON SMITH/SPRINGFIELD IL/1869

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 03, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
Tintype photograph in carte-de-visite mount (just under 2 ½” by 4”) and visiting card (just under 2 ¼” by 3 ¼”) of Eva Munson Smith of Springfield, Illinois, plus a carte-de-visite photograph (just under 2 ½” by 4”) of her husband George Clinton Smith, circa late 1860s to early 1870s. The tintype in CDV mount, dated in ink at bottom 1869 and identified in the album simply as “Eva,” shows a young woman with curly dark hair and a dark colored posing for her likeness in a photographic studio. The mount has advertising on the reverse for the photographer, Catlin and Williams of Jacksonville IL. This is the Eva Munson Smith (1843-1915) who became a prominent composer, author, and social reformer in the late 19th century. The daughter of composer and school teacher William Chandler Munson of Vermont, Eva was born in Ogdensburgh, New York. Her father accepted a teaching position at the Asbury Manual Labor School and moved his wife and two daughters to Winchester, Tennessee, in the mid 1850s. The school, though administered by the Missionary Board of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was largely funded by the Creek Indian tribe and educated young Native American boys and girls aged eight to sixteen years. The school had an enrollment of over eighty students in 1858. One of its teenage students, G.W. Grayson, claimed in his memoirs that Eva Munson had a crush on him and embarrassed ... read more