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Title Grandpa in parlor 80th birthday
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date March 26, 1891
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. John Haggerty Austen, the photographer's grandfather, sits at a table in the parlor of Clear Comfort, the Austen family home in Rosebank, Staten Island. The room is furnished with a table and several chairs. At left is a fireplace with several lamps on the mantelpiece. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Eagle 40 / 123 / Grandpa in parlor 80th birthday / Flash / 10 ft / W.L / March 26th 1891."
(Keywords: New York)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This image was published in the 1951 Life Magazine article "The Newly Discovered Picture World of Alice Austen," with this caption: "Grandfather Austen built up a fortune as an auctioneer and collected a houseful of curios. Over the fireplace is a link of the massive chain forged by Alice's great-great-grandfather, Peter Townsend, which was stretched across the Hudson during the Revolution to prevent British from sneaking up on West Point."
Earliest Date 1891
Latest Date 1891
Subjects Parlors
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, John Haggerty
Catalog Number 50.015.5420
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.