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Henry Ward Beecher, Albumen Photograph, Signature

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Henry Ward Beecher Full-Plate Albumen Photograph, Signed.

Henry Ward Beecher was perhaps the 19th century’s  most influential preacher in America.  His fiery sermons made him New York’s number one tourist attraction.  He was a favorite of the lecture circuit, and his pronouncements on the issues of the day, from the pulpit and with the pen, were highly influential.

As much an anti-slavery stalwart as his sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe (the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin), the charismatic and controversial Beecher (he thought Lincoln acted too slowly toward emancipation), also spoke passionately in favor of women’s suffrage, and on such topics as presidential politics, the tabloid press, and Darwinism.

This image captures the energetic force that Beecher was.  He is shown in nearly full length, in hat and coat, looking imperiously to his left.  6” diagonal tear across the top of the photograph just goes through the brim of his hat, and a less evident 5-½” crease almost halfway across; else very good, bright, bold.

Beecher, Henry Ward (1813-87) Full Plate Albumen Photograph, signed “Henry Ward Beecher” vertically at lower left corner.  NY: Sarony (titled mount).  7-½” x 12-¾” (image), 13” x 18-½” (mount), in a handsome wooden frame.