Group Portrait of the Waite Court, 20" x 24" in 24" x 27-1/2" Matte.
A Portrait of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices in 1882 [Supreme Court, United States]. Bell, C[harles] M[ilton] [1848-1893], Photographer. [Group Portrait of the Waite Court (1874-1888)]. Washington, DC: C.M. Bell, 1882. 15" x 20-1/2" albumen silver print mounted on illustration board with border and printed caption, tipped onto 27-1/2" x 24" matte. Light toning and soiling to board, a few tiny spots to image, some chipping to edges, upper corners lacking (not visible behind matte), clean crack near upper-right corner above image. $1,000. * This was the fourth portrait taken of the Court. (The first was in 1867.) Morrison Waite was chief justice from 1874 to 1888. The associate justices pictured here are Samuel Blatchford, Joseph P. Bradley, Stephen J. Field, Horace Gray, John Marshall Harlan, Stanley Mathews, Samuel F. Miller and William Burnham Woods. The youngest member of a family of photographers based in Washington, DC, Charles Minton Bell was one of the capitol's leading portrait photographers during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Book number 73437