The Museum Collection
Edgar Allan Poe Albumen Print Owned by David Bridges
Description:According to the inscription on the back, this albumen print photograph of Edgar Allan Poe was once owned by Poe's childhood friend and classmate David Bridges. A card enclosed with the photograph states: "Carte de visite photograph of a portrait of Poe by Baltimore artist Oscar Halling, c. 1890. The portrait was one of the many derivations of the Pratt daguerreotype, made in Richmond in 1849, about 3 weeks before Poe's death. On the reverse of the photograph is a label of the photographers Stanton and Butler of Baltimore."
When he declared bankruptsy on December 19, 1842, Poe listed David Bridges of Richmond, Virginia as one of his creditors. Poe owed him $20.
The photograph was derived from a ca. 1868 pastel drawing of Poe by Oscar Halling. The portrait was photographed by Stanton and Butler in the 1870s. Photographs of the portrait, authorized by Amelia Poe, were distributed at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.