Robert Newell Ambulances, Drivers and Workers
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Photo Date 1864c Print Date 1864c
Dimensions 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 in. (140 x 191 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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About This Image
Born in NJ in 1822, Robert Newell, the prominent Philadelphia commercial photographer operated a studio from circa 1855 to 1900. His firm, which originally specialized in portraiture, later focused on "Artistic Business and Landscape Photographs" and was reorganized as R. Newell & Son circa 1872. Newell recorded important events in Philadelphia, such as the 1864 Great Central Fair for the U.S. Sanitary Commission. and commercial, residential and ecclesiastical buildings throughout the city. In 1876, the studio (Robert and Henry Newell) issued a series of six viewbooks under the title "Old Landmarks & Relics of Philadelphia." Newell also produced series of stereographs during the 1860s depicting commercial streets, the volunteer fire companies, and views of Fairmount Park and local cemeteries, as well as invented acid proof photographic ware in the 1870s. He died in 1897.
Provenance: personal scrap album of 19th-century photographer and publisher Robert Newell; Kean Archives.
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