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J. F. Ryder

Untitled from "Atlantic and Great Western Railway" Plate 43
albumen print
7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

The Atlantic and Great Western Railway hired Cleveland photographer James F. Ryder to provide picturesque views along its route to help raise funds in England for the continued building of the railroad. These pre-Civil War photographs are part of the oldest railroad survey in the country.