Superb and rare 1863 albumen stereoview of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington,D.C. taken by the great Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner whose studio was also in Washington.

Alexander Gardner (1821-1882) started out as a reporter and editor for a newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland. He dreamed up a socialist society that he founded in Iowa, but never joined. He instead settled in New York and became Matthew Bradyâe(tm)s assistant. He managed Bradyâe(tm)s gallery in Washington D.C. until the American Civil War began in 1861. While working at another studio of Bradyâe(tm)s, Gardner produced many of the Potomac Army Photographs. In 1866, he published Gardnerâe(tm)s Photographic Sketch Book of the War that consisted of one hundred photographs of the Civil War done by himself and other artists including Timothy Oâe(tm)Sullivan and John Reekie. The book was unsuccessful and Gardener spent the remainder of his life living in and photographing the American West.

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Very good-good condition ,very slight soil in a few small areas.Mount bumps and edge wear.

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