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Group at the Sanitary Commission Fair, Albany, New York

1864 Attributed to Churchill and Denison Studios salted paper print sheet and image: 6 x 8 in. (15.2 x 20.3 cm.) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1994.91.40 Not currently on view


Gallery Label

The United States Sanitary Commission was created during the Civil War to improve conditions for northern soldiers. Women who wanted to support the Union cause initially proposed the idea, but the organization of the Commission was left to doctors and political figures. Union ladies were delegated to fund-raising fairs in cities across the free states, where paintings, photographs, and other items were auctioned to support the war effort.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Ceremony - festival - Sanitary Commission Fair

Figure group - female

Landscape - New York - Albany

photography - photoprint

paper - wove paper

salted paper