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Title [Group seated by a woodpile]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date ca. 1888
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Two women, a boy, a young child (could be boy or girl), and a dog pose outdoors by a large pile of cut tree branches. All face toward the camera. In the background are trees in bloom; at left is a wooden barrel. Inscription "E.A.A" in lower left corner.
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The woman standing at left appears to be Emily Denning Van Rensselaer, daughter of Emily (Denning) Van Rensselaer. The women were distant relatives of photographer Alice Austen. The location is likely Fishkill, New York, perhaps on the grounds of the Van Rensselaer home known as Presquile.

This is probably the photo referred to as "the woodpile group" in a letter from Emily Denning Van Rensselaer to Alice Austen, September 15, 1890: "Your two sets of photos have arrived safely first the proofs -- for which thank you for sending -- your little gem does wonderful work...and now the beautiful finished photos have come. Mother & I both think the parlor ones particularly clear and good and I am very glad to have such beautiful specimens of your work, to send to Mr. Bartlett, for whom they are intended. The little ones are just as [charming?] as they can be [illegible] & one of prettiest feature of this place, the arch -- so well done. Thank you for sending an extra one of the woodpile group -- one of the pleasant remembrances of pleasant day -- are these dear little reproducers..."
Earliest Date 1888
Latest Date 1890
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Van Rensselaer, Emily Denning
Catalog Number 50.015.5587
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2017.
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