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The Met Just Received a Gift of 700 Once-Cutting-Edge Images That Bring the World of the 1800s to Vivid Life

Many of the works in the collection are now on view in the exhibition “2020 Vision: Photographs, 1840s–1860s.” —See Them Here

R.C. Montgomery, Self-portrait (1850s). Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
R.C. Montgomery, Self-portrait (1850s). Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Caroline Goldstein

A major gift of more than 700 historic photographs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is poised to “rewrite the narrative of American photography,” said museum curator Jeff Rosenheim in a statement.

The cache of images dating from the 1840s to the 1910s comes from the storied collection of William Schaeffer, a specialist in 19th-century photography, and is a gift promised to the museum by trustee Philip Maritz and his wife Jennifer. A selection of the collection is now on view in the exhibition “2020 Vision: Photographs, 1840s–1860s,” on the occasion of the museum’s 150th anniversary.

Unknown American, Studio photographer at work (ca. 1855). Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Unknown American, Studio photographer at work (ca. 1855). Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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