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Major H. A. Barnum, Recovery after a Penetrating Gunshot Wound of the Abdomen with Perforation of the Left Ilium, from the Photographic Catalogue of the Surgical Section

1865 William Bell Born: Liverpool, England 1830 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1910 albumen silver print sheet and image: 8 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (21.6 x 16.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1994.91.14 Not currently on view

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William Bell was a Philadelphia daguerreotypist who fought at Antietam and Gettysburg during the Civil War. In 1865, he was hired by the newly established Army Medical Museum in Washington to document the range of injuries and medical procedures among veterans. His catalogue of images helped establish the field of military medicine in the United States.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006


Dress - uniform - military uniform

Occupation - military - major

Portrait male - Barnum, H. A.

State of being - illness - wound

photography - photoprint



albumen silver