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Americans of 1840s

In 1844, Mathew Brady opened a photography studio at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street in New York. By 1845, he began to exhibit his portraits of famous Americans, including the likes of Senator Daniel Webster and poet Edgar Allan Poe. In 1849, he opened a studio at 625 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Brady's early images were daguerreotypes, and he won many awards for his work.

In 1850, Brady produced The Gallery of Illustrious Americans, a portrait collection of prominent contemporary figures. The album, which featured noteworthy images including the elderly Andrew Jackson at the Hermitage, was not financially rewarding but invited increased attention to Brady's work.

When the Civil War started, he used a mobile studio and darkroom enabled vivid battlefield photographs. Thousands of war scenes were captured, as well as portraits of generals and politicians on both sides of the conflict, though most of these were taken by his assistants, rather than by Brady himself. After the war, these pictures went out of fashion, and the government did not purchase the master-copies as he had anticipated. Brady's fortunes declined sharply, and he died in debt.
[Henry Peters Gray, half-length portrait, head three-quarters to left]
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[Robert John Walker, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right]

[Robert John Walker, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right]

Democratic Senator from Mississippi, 1835-1845; Secretary of the Treasury, 1845-1849.

[Robert John Walker, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right]

[Robert John Walker, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right]

Democratic Senator from Mississippi, 1835-1845; Secretary of the Treasury, 1845-1849.

[Robert John Walker, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right]

[Robert John Walker, half-length portrait, three-quarters to right]

Democratic Senator from Mississippi, 1835-1845; Secretary of the Treasury, 1845-1849.

[Daniel Sturgeon, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left]

[Daniel Sturgeon, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left]

Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, 1840-1851.

[Daniel Sturgeon, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left]

[Daniel Sturgeon, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left]

Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, 1840-1851.

[Edwards Amasa Park, half-length portrait, profile to right]

[Edwards Amasa Park, half-length portrait, profile to right]

Professor of Christian theology, Andover (Mass.) Seminary.

[Edwards Amasa Park, half-length portrait, profile to right]

[Edwards Amasa Park, half-length portrait, profile to right]

Professor of Christian theology, Andover (Mass.) Seminary.

[John Alexander Kennedy, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left, eyes front]

[John Alexander Kennedy, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left,...

Superintendent of Metropolitan police, New York, NY.

[John Alexander Kennedy, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left, eyes front]

[John Alexander Kennedy, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left,...

Superintendent of Metropolitan police, New York, NY.

[William L. Dayton, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]
[William L. Dayton, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]
[William McKendree Gwin, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right]

[William McKendree Gwin, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the r...

Democratic Senator from California, 1850-1855, 1857-1861; Democratic Congressman from Mississippi, 1841-1843.

[William McKendree Gwin, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right]

[William McKendree Gwin, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the r...

Democratic Senator from California, 1850-1855, 1857-1861; Democratic Congressman from Mississippi, 1841-1843.

[Balie Peyton, half-length portrait, face nearly in profile to the left]

[Balie Peyton, half-length portrait, face nearly in profile to the lef...

Jacksonian Congressman from Tennessee, 1833-1837; U.S. Minister to Chile, 1849-1853.

[Balie Peyton, half-length portrait, face nearly in profile to the left]

[Balie Peyton, half-length portrait, face nearly in profile to the lef...

Jacksonian Congressman from Tennessee, 1833-1837; U.S. Minister to Chile, 1849-1853.

[August Belmont, half-length portrait, facing three-quarters to right, with side whiskers]
[August Belmont, half-length portrait, facing three-quarters to right, with side whiskers]
[August Belmont, half-length portrait, facing three-quarters to right, with side whiskers]