Hugh O'Neal (or O'Neil) John R. Johnston, Esq.
Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original printed mount
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1850s
Dimensions 7-3/4 x 6 in. (197 x 152 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Print was made by H.H. Snelling, probably for the Photographic and Fine Art Journal, which ceased publication in 1859. Printed photographer credit has the spelling as Hugh O'Neal, but may be a mistake and might be O'Neil. Johnston was a colorist and painter for the Jessie Whitehurst studios in the late 1850s. He was also a performer and singer in the 1850s. Because his collection of images has a number of performers/actors in it, it is possible that some were acquaintances of Johnston's, whom he shared billings with. It is possible that he also practiced photography himself as an amateur and as an aid to his portrait and landscape work. The family originally lived in Cincinnati and then moved to Baltimore around 1855-56.
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