AUCTION 23

 
 

 
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607. [PHOTOGRAPHY]. [AUSTIN, TEXAS]. Collection of 54 photographic prints, including rare portraits of Austin photographer William James Oliphant, his first wife, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jane (Walker), and her family. The collection includes the work of numerous nineteenth-century Austin photographers: Oliphant, H.B. Hillyer, H.R. Marks, Mrs. Martin, Pywell & Sterzing, George Schuwirth, and W. Wirt Williams, as well as Texas photographers J. Serdinko (New Braunfels) and John D. Poe (Huntsville), along with several others. The collection also includes images of Austin businessman and public official Eugene Carlos Bartholomew, nineteenth-century Austin physician Dr. James M. Litten and his family (including his son, Frank, who also went on to be a prominent Austin physician).

Images

[ARMSTRONG, Jimmie (sitter)]. PIERCE, E.D. (photographer). Bust portrait of Jimmie Armstrong. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.5 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.2 cm. Inscription in ink below image: “Jimmie Armstrong.” Aberdeen, Mississippi: E.D. Pierce & Co., n.d. [ca. 1870-1880]. Fading to top margin of print (not affecting subject). Image surface slightly abraded and with a few faint scattered fox-marks, otherwise very good.

[ARMSTRONG, Vargie (sitter)]. PIERCE, E.D. (photographer). Seated three-quarter portrait of Vargie Armstrong. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso [includes advertisement for photography lessons followed by “First Premium’s 1879 and 1880”]. Inscription in ink below image: “Vargie Armstrong.” Image: 9.4 x 6 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.3 cm. Aberdeen, Mississippi: Ed. D. Pierce & Co., n.d. [ca. 1880]. Fine aside from a few small spots to verso of card.

[BARTHOLOMEW, E[ugene] C[arlos] (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait of bearded man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscription in red ball-point ink at top of verso: “Jan. 1, 1870.” Inscription in pencil above imprint: “Mr. E.C. Bartholomew.” Image: 8.6 x 5.6 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, [1870]. Image and recto of card lightly foxed, otherwise very good.

     Handbook of Texas Online: William James Oliphant (1845–1930):

William James Oliphant, photographer, was born to William and Jane (Van Zile) Oliphant in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on September 30, 1845. When he was seven the family moved from Indiana to Austin, Texas, where they arrived on January 10, 1853. The elder Oliphant was a well-known jeweler on Pecan (now Sixth) Street for many years. At the outbreak of the Civil War, when he was fifteen, Oliphant enlisted in Company G, Sixth Texas Infantry, Army of Tennessee. During the war he was shot seven or eight times and captured twice. After returning to Austin he apparently studied photography in the studio of Stone and Waggoner, located on the second floor above the senior Oliphant's jewelry store. He opened his own studio at that location in 1868 but soon closed it temporarily in order to travel to Washington, D.C., to study photography in the studio of Alexander Gardner, a major photographer of the Civil War. Oliphant reopened his photographic studio later in 1868 and ran his studio until he changed careers in 1881. Directly across Pecan Street was the studio of Hamilton Biscoe Hillyer, and around the corner on Congress Avenue was the studio of Harvey R. Marks. These three men were the major photographers in Austin until the 1880s. Oliphant was especially skillful in stereoscopic and landscape photography and won six blue ribbons in photography at the 1876 state fair. His paper prints range from tiny locket sizes up to seventeen by twenty inches. In his first years in business he also made ambrotypes, although none is known to exist today.

He left photography in 1881, probably because of physical handicaps caused by war wounds. He was subsequently employed in many governmental offices, including the state comptroller's office (1881–1886), the Internal Revenue Service (1887–1890), the Board of Public Works (1891–1894), the Water and Light Commission (1895–1896), and the tax assessor's office (1905–1927). He was a Mason and a member of the Travis Rifles and the Washington Steam Fire Engine Company. His first wife, Lizzie J. (Walker), died in 1873. In 1877 he married Alice Olive Townsend of Austin; they had three sons and a daughter, Jane Elizabeth, who married Texas historian Walter Prescott Webb. Oliphant died at his home on November 11, 1930, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Both his wives other family members are also buried there.

     Handbook of Texas Online: Eugene Carlos Bartholomew (1839-1923):

Eugene Carlos Bartholomew, government official and banker, was born in Hanover, Michigan, on January 3, 1839, the son of Orange Adams and Sarah (Wright) Bartholomew. About 1850 the family moved to Jonesville, Michigan, where Bartholomew helped his father operate a stage line. He graduated from Hillsdale College, Michigan, in 1861. He entered the United States Army as a civilian employee in 1864 and became chief clerk in the Quartermaster's Division of the Fourth Army Corps, a unit that was sent to Victoria, Texas, in July 1865. Bartholomew was among a group of federal soldiers sent to help oust Emperor Maximilian from Mexico, but they heard of the emperor's execution by the time they reached Indianola. When the army was disbanded, Bartholomew worked for the Freedmen's Bureau at Galveston and Austin, his duty being to establish schools. In July 1870 he was appointed superintendent of education and second assistant clerk of the House of Representatives. In 1871 he became chief clerk in the office of superintendent of public instruction and first assistant clerk of the House. In 1873 he began a real estate and loan business in Austin. From 1909 to 1919 he was water and light commissioner in Austin. He was also one of the founders and directors of the Austin National Bank and for many years a United States grand jury commissioner.

Bartholomew married Elizabeth Morley Brown on February 1, 1870, and they had one son. Bartholomew was a Republican, an Episcopalian, and a Mason. He died in Austin on October 27, 1923, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

Bust portrait of young man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Image: 9.2 x 5.9 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.2 cm. N.p., n.d. A little insect damage to blank edges of card, including tiny chip in blank margin of print, otherwise very good.

Full-length portrait of infant seated on chair. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Image: 9.2 x 5.5 cm; card: 10.5 x 6.3 cm. N.p., n.d. A few scattered fox-marks to image and card, otherwise very good.

Full-length portrait of man in fireman’s uniform. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Image: 8.5 x 5.6 cm; card: 10 x 6.3 cm. N.p., n.d. Tiny dog-ear to upper right corner of image and a few small stains on top edge (not affecting subject), bottom right corner of card bumped, otherwise very good.

Full-length portrait of man with hat, cane, and scarf. Albumen print mounted on card. Image and card: 9.4 x 6.2 cm. N.p., n.d. Image beginning to peel away from card, with tiny dog-ear in upper right corner, otherwise near fine.

Full-length portrait of young boy. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Image: 9.1 x 5.5 cm; card: 10.5 x 6.3 cm. N.p., n.d. Image a bit faded and with a few light scratches, otherwise very good.

HENSZEY & CO. (photographer). Bust portrait of young man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Imprint with blank for image number, completed in pencil, “6264,” with “6” written below it in pencil. Two other inscriptions in pencil on verso: “1865”; “Alexander G. [illegible] | Richmond Ky.” Image: 8.9 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.8 x 6.1 cm. Philadelphia: Henszey & Co., [1865]. Very good aside from slight foxing to image and card and a few stains on card verso. Two cent playing card revenue stamp on verso.

HILLYER, H[amilton] B[iscoe] (photographer). Bust portrait of bearded man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.2 cm. Austin: H.B. Hillyer, n.d. Image with tiny abrasion, scattered light fox-marks to image and card, otherwise very good.

     Handbook of Texas Online: Hamilton Biscoe Hillyer (1835–1903):

Hamilton B. Hillyer, photographer, the son of Rev. John Freeman and Mary Adeline (Biscoe) Hillyer, was born in Georgia (probably at Penfield) on August 14, 1835. He entered Texas with his parents at Galveston on December 1, 1847. The family moved to Goliad in 1848, where John Hillyer established Hillyer Female College, and to Gonzales in 1852, where he taught at Gonzales College. H. B. Hillyer was sent away from school in Goliad to improve his health by working as a cowhand on a large cattle ranch. For the next five years he worked cattle and studied independently.

He learned the daguerreotype process from his father, and produced his own daguerreotypes by 1857. He obtained material and a manual for making ambrotypes from a New Orleans firm and produced examples of this art by 1858. He is credited with making some of the earliest photographs on paper in Texas. Hillyer opened a gallery on Pecan Street (now Sixth Street) in Austin in 1867 or 1868. In July 1869 he documented the overflow of the Colorado River in the earliest known stereo photographs of Austin. He designed and built a gallery at the corner of Hickory Street (now Eighth Street) and what is now Congress Avenue and used it from 1872 to 1876. From 1876 until 1887 his studio was located at 916 Congress Avenue. Hillyer supplemented his business in Austin by sending out tent studios to many small towns. He moved to Dallas in 1887 and operated a studio on Elm Street until 1889, when he moved to Belton to join his son, C. Ernest Hillyer, in a studio there. From 1898 until his death in 1903 Hillyer and his second wife owned a studio in Bowie.

Hillyer's photographs won many awards at state fairs. For many years, as official photographer for the state of Texas, he produced composite photographs of the state government. There is some indication that twelve of his mammoth-plate (twenty by twenty-four inches) photographs were exhibited at the 1884–85 World's Fair at New Orleans. He served as vice president of the National Photographic Association (1872) and published technical articles in The Philadelphia Photographer and Texas Farm and Ranch.

See also Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, pp. 323-324

HILLYER, H[amilton] B[iscoe] (photographer). Bust portrait of elderly woman. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 X 5.8 cm; Card: 10.4 x 6.2 cm. Austin: H.B. Hillyer, n.d. Very good aside from a few scattered fox-marks to image and a few small stains on card verso.

HILLYER, H[amilton] B[iscoe] (photographer). Image of church with three small children at lower left. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 x 5.9 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.3 cm. Austin: H.B. Hillyer, n.d. Image a bit faint, otherwise very good.

HOPE (photographer). Bust portrait of bearded man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 8.8 x 5.3 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Inscription in pencil below imprint: “1865.” Printed form completed in pencil on card verso: “No. 4520.” New York: Hope, [1865]. Image lightly foxed and with a few small scratches, remnants of revenue stamp on card verso, overall good.

[LITTEN FAMILY (sitters)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Group portrait of man and woman with three young children. The man is identifiable as the “Dr. Litten” in another image in this collection. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscription in pencil on verso: “March.” Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870]. Image a little faded and yellowed, one tiny water spot, otherwise very good.

     Dr. James M. Litten (d. 1900) came to Austin in 1852. “For years Dr. Litten was physician to the State Lunatic Asylum and Blind Institute in Austin, and he was also local surgeon to the Federal troops while they were stationed here after the Civil War” (Johnson, Francis White & Ernest William Winkler [1914], A History of Texas and Texans, volume 4. p. 1716).

[LITTEN, Frankie (sitter)]. PYWELL & STERZING (photographers). Full-length portrait of young boy leaning on table, cheeks lightly tinted pink, tablecloth tinted yellow. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscription in pencil below imprint: “Frankie Litten | 1867 | Austin July 5th.” Image: 9.1 x 5.7 cm; card: 9.8 x 6.1 cm. Austin: Pywell & Sterzing, n.d. [1867].

     Haynes (p. 89) notes that the firm of Pywell & Sterzing possibly consisted of William Redish Pywell and F.A. Sterzing. Pywell learned photography with Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner during the Civil War, and is reported to have been in Austin in 1867 (p. 89). Sterzing is recorded as operating on Pecan Street in Austin in 1865 (p. 106). See also Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, p. 569.

     Dr. Frank Litten, son of Dr. James M. Litten, is mentioned by Johnson & Winkler (1914) as “One of the most successful and prominent physicians and surgeons in Austin...a lifelong resident of this city, where he was born on September 8, 1863” (p. 1716).

[LITTEN, James M. (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870].

[LITTEN, James M. (sitter)]. PYWELL & STERZING (photographers). Three-quarter portrait of seated older man. The subject is resting his arm on a piece of furniture that has been tinted green in the image. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscription in pencil below imprint: “Dr Litten | Austin July 5th ’67.” Image: 9.2 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Pywell & Sterzing, [1867]. A few small stains and scratches to image, corners of card worn, a few stains on verso, overall very good.

[LITTEN, Mamie (sitter)]. WILLIAMS, W. Wirt (photographer). Full-length seated portrait of infant, cheeks tinted pink. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Pencil inscription on verso: “Mamie Litten | Oct 8th 1867.” Image: 9.3 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.2 cm. Austin: W. Wirt Williams, [1867]. Very good (image a bit yellowed and lightly scuffed).

     Haynes, Catching Shadows:

Williams, W. Wirt: Also operated as Green Store Ambrotype Gallery (1858), Dallas Copying House (1892), and Wirt Williams Art Studio (1892). While it is difficult to imagine a photographer working for over forty years, an ad in 1878-79 TBD (where his name is given as W. Wirt Williams) states that he has "twenty years' experience, and five in the city of Houston." The problem is more difficult because Williams often (particularly in the early years) simply used the initials "W.W." and his name does not appear during the 1880s. It is possible, of course, that two different men are represented, perhaps father and son. He may also be the Williams of Williams & Moore (q.v.) in Clarksville. See also: Moore & Williams, Williams & Hillyer, and W. Williams. (p. 120)

     While most records report Williams as operating in Dallas and Houston, Haynes records him as having been in partnership with H.B. Hillyer in Austin in 1867 and 1868 (pp. 119-120). See Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, p. 638.

MARKS, H[arvey] R[oberts] (photographer). Bust portrait of boy. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 9.3 x 5.8 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.2 cm. Austin: H.R. Marks, n.d. Fine aside from a few scattered fox-marks to image and card.

     Handbook of Texas Online: Harvey Roberts Marks (1821–1902):

Harvey Roberts Marks, pioneer settler and early photographer, was born in New York on January 6, 1821. He came to Texas in 1839 and worked as a clerk in the first auditor's office in Austin. He served for several years as a captain in the Texas Rangers and then returned to New York. He came back to Texas in 1849 and settled in Houston. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate forces. After the war Marks opened a photography studio in Houston. In 1870 he moved to Austin and opened a studio that he operated until shortly before his death. Marks was the longest-tenured photographer in Austin during the nineteenth century. He was a vice president of the National Photographic Association in 1874 and was later elected a life member. He was noted for his portrait photography, and when Jefferson Davis visited Austin in 1875, the former president of the Confederacy sat for his portrait at Marks's Congress Avenue studio. Marks's wife and children preceded him in death. When he died on March 12, 1902, his estate was left to his longtime assistant, George H. Berner, who continued the Marks studio for many years. Marks was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.

Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Contintental Divide, pp. 417-418.

MARTIN, Mrs. (photographer). Bust portrait of man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9 x 5.6 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Badly faded inscription in pencil on verso: “Mr. M. H[illegible] | Nov. [28th?] 18[67?].” Austin: Mrs. Martin, [ca. 1867]. Image faded and yellowed with a few scattered fox-marks and spots, edges of card lightly worn, verso browned and with scattered insect damage, overall fair condition.

     Little is known about this early female photographer. Haynes notes that she was active in Austin in 1868, and was possibly the wife of photographer John R. Martin, based on an 1870 advertisement in the La Grange New Era saying that “Mr. and Mrs. Martin have returned to La Grange” (p. 70).

[MILLER, J. Munroe (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length seated portrait of young man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Illegible inscription in pencil below image. Inscription in pencil on verso: “Mr. J. Munroe Miller | February 1870.” Image: 8.6 x 5.7 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, [1870]. Image a bit yellowed and lightly scuffed, otherwise very good.

     A biographical file at the Austin History Center records a “Monroe Miller” (1850-1900), a livery operator who was also for many years chief of the Austin Fire Department.

[MULLEN, C.F. (sitter)]. Bust portrait of man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Inscription in pencil below image: “Ug!” Inscription in pencil on verso: “Feb 9th 1870. | Mr C.F. Mullen.” Image: 8.7 x 5.4 cm; card: 10 x 6.1 cm. N.p., [1870]. Image a bit yellowed and faded, image and card moderately foxed, overall good. Eyes appear to be retouched.

OLIPHANT, William James (photographer, attributed). Bust portrait of young man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Image: 9.2 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.7 x 6.3 cm. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1875]. A few tiny chips to top blank margins of card and image, image a bit faded and spotted, overall good.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait of woman. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. A few faint fox-marks to image, subject’s eyebrows outlined in pencil, otherwise very good.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait of young boy. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Pencil inscription on verso: “June 3rd, 1870.” Image: 8.7 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.1 cm. Austin: Oliphant, [1870]. Image slightly faded and with a few faint scattered fox-marks, otherwise very good.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait of young child. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. Image a bit faint and with a few scattered fox-marks, a little adhesive residue on card recto, otherwise very good.

OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Bust portrait of young man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscriptions in pencil on verso: “July 14th, 1874”; “July 14 1874 | Age 20 years.” Image: 9.1 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.3 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, [1874]. Fine.

OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Bust portrait of young man, in profile. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.2 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, n.d. Fine aside from a few faint abrasions to image surface and tiny spots on card verso.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length portrait of boy. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. (ca. 1870). Fine.

OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Full-length portrait of infant. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 x 5.5 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, n.p. Image faded and with a few scattered marks, otherwise good.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length portrait of infant. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.7 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870s]. Fine aside from chip to recto of card mount.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length portrait of two young men, one seated. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.5 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.8 x 6.1 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. Image a bit faded and yellowed, slight wear to edges of card mount, overall very good.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length portrait of young girl holding bouquet. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.4 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. Fine.

OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length portrait of young woman. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.6 x 5.5 cm; card: 9.7 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870]. Image a bit faded and yellowed, small tear and a few spots to card verso, overall good.

OLIPHANT, William James (photographer, attributed). Heavily-retouched bust portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Pencil inscription on verso: “Taken July 14th, 1875 | 21 years old.” Image: 9.1 cm; card: 5.5 cm. N.p., [1875]. Image a bit yellowed, faded and moderately foxed, overall good.

OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Three-quarter portrait of seated man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.2 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.5 x 6.4 cm. Fine. Image is blurry.

OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Three-quarter portrait of woman. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.3 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870s]. Fine. Image is blurry.

[OLIPHANT (nee Walker), LIZZIE (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Seated three-quarter portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 9 x 5.5 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.3 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870]. Image slightly faded, insignificant chip to top left corner of image, tint spot to card recto, otherwise fine.

[OLIPHANT, Mr. & Mrs. William James (sitters)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Full-length portrait of William James Oliphant (seated) and Lizzie Oliphant (nee Walker, standing). Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscription in pencil on verso: “Mr & Mrs W.J. Oliphant | Austin Texas | January | 1870.” Image: 8.6 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.3 cm. Austin: Oliphant, [1870]. Image a little yellowed and faded, otherwise very good.

POE, John T. (photographer). Bust portrait of bearded man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 8.8 x 5.3 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Huntsville, Texas: John T. Poe, n.d. Very good aside from a little scuffing to image. Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, p. 494.

[RICE, George (sitter)]. SHERMAN (photographer). Full-length portrait of seated young boy. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprints below image and on verso). Inscriptions in pencil on verso: “1865”; “Master [George?] Rice.” Image: 8.7 x 5.5 cm; card: 9.8 x 6.1 cm. Brooklyn: Sherman Vignette Gallery, [1865]. Tiny chip to edge of image (not affecting subject), image and card lightly rubbed and soiled, overall good. Two-cent revenue stamp (cancelled) on verso.

SERDINKO, J[ohn]. (photographer). Bust portrait of woman. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.8 x 6 cm; card: 10.4 x 6.2 cm. New Braunfels, Texas: J. Serdinko, n.d. Fine aside from slight foxing to image.

     Haynes records John Serdinko in New Braunfels between 1882 and 1899, and notes that he is possibly also recorded as “Julius Serkinko,” a Bohemian born in 1849 who immigrated in 1867 (p. 100).

Three-quarter portrait of two men, one seated and one standing and leaning on the seated subject. Tintype. 10.7 x 6.8 cm. N.p., n.d. Chips to upper left corner and bottom edge of image, discoloration along bottom edge.

[WALKER, Ben (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Bust portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Pencil inscription above and below imprint: “Mr. Ben Walker | Sept 20th 1867.” Image: 8.8 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.8 x 6.2 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, [1867]. Image a bit faint and with a few scattered fox-marks, overall very good.

[WALKER, Dr. (sitter)]. THOMPSON (photographer). Bust portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Pencil inscription below imprint: “Dr Walker | August 12th, 1865.” Image: 9.3 x 5.4 cm; card: 9.8 x 6 cm. Brooklyn: Thompson, [1865]. Image a bit faded and yellowed, with scattered foxing and light soiling, small stain (affecting subject), one corner of card mount bumped, overall good.

[WALKER, Jac. J. (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Seated three-quarter portrait of man. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Inscription in pencil on verso: “Taken Febry 17th | 1873 | For Jac. J. Walker | Austin | Texas.” Image: 9.2 x 5.5 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.3 cm. Austin: Oliphant, [1873]. Fine aside from tiny flaw in image surface.

[WALKER, Jennie (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait of Jennie Walker, cheeks and lips faintly tinted pink. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Image: 8.6 x 5.6 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870]. Image a bit faint and scattered light foxing and one tiny red spot, otherwise good.

[WALKER, Jennie (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait of Jennie Walker, cheeks and lips faintly tinted pink. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Pencil inscription below imprint: “Jennie.” Image: 8.6 x 5.6 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, n.d. (ca. 1870). Fair condition only: image faded and lightly foxed, edges of card worn and chipped, small tear to blank top margin of card and image (not affecting subject).

[WALKER, Josiah (sitter)]. OLIPHANT, [William James] (photographer). Bust portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Pencil inscription on verso: “Josiah Walker | July 14th 1871.” Image: 8.7 x 5.7 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.2 cm. Austin: Oliphant, [1871]. Image a bit faint and with a few scattered fox-marks, overall very good.

[WALKER, Josiah (sitter)]. SCHUWIRTH, George (photographer). Bust portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9 x 5.3 cm; card: 10.5 x 6.3 cm. Austin: George Schuwirth, n.d. Very fine.

     Haynes indicates that George Schuwirth (1843-1906) was active between 1875 and 1901, with studios at various addresses on Pecan Street (later Sixth Street) (p. 98).

[WALKER, Lizzie & Jennie (sitters)]. OLIPHANT, William James (photographer, attributed). Full-length portrait of Lizzie and Jennie Walker. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card). Image: 8.6 x 5.6 cm; card: 9.8 x 6.2 cm Pencil inscription in lower right-hand corner of recto: “16.” Verso with printed design but no imprint. Pencil inscription on verso: “Lizzie & Jennie Walker | April 22nd, 1869.” N.p., [1869]. Fine. Lizzie J. Walker was photographer William James Oliphant’s first wife.

[WALKER, Lizzie & Jennie (sitters)]. OLIPHANT, W[illiam] J[ames] (photographer). Three-quarter portrait. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Image: 9.1 x 5.6 cm; card: 10.6 x 6.3 cm. Austin: W.J. Oliphant, n.d. [ca. 1870]. Image a bit faint and with slight foxing, otherwise near fine.

[WASHINGTON, Theresa (sitter)]. HILLYER, H[amilton] B[iscoe] (photographer). Bust portrait of young woman, cheeks faintly tinted pink. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s illustrated imprint on verso). Pencil inscription on verso: “Miss Theresa Washington.” Image: 8.8 x 5.5 cm; card: 9.9 x 6.1 cm. Austin: H.B. Hillyer, n.d. Image faded and with stray pencil mark (not affecting subject), print and card mount moderately foxed, overall fair condition.

WILLIAMS, W. Wirt (photographer). Full-length portrait of standing woman holding card or letter, cheeks and pillow and drapery in background tinted pink. Carte de visite (albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s imprint on verso). Inscription in pencil on verso: “Oct 8th 1867.” Image: 9.4 x 5.6 cm; card: 10 x 6.2 cm. Austin: W. Wirt Williams, [1867]. Image lightly rubbed and a little faded, overall very good.

($4,000-6,000)

Sold. Hammer: $4,000.00; Price Realized: $4,900.00.

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