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Title Uncle Pete's house
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date June 7, 1894
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Exterior view of a row of brownstones on President Street in Brooklyn, New York, seen from across a cobblestone street. Elizabeth Patty Austen and William Munroe Austen sit on the banister of a staircase leading to a doorway. Elizabeth Patty wears a dress and a hat; William wears a suit with short pants, and holds what appears to be a folder or briefcase on his lap. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Stanley / 35 / 716 / Uncle Pete's house / Fine day clear / D. / 8.30 am / Inst 60 ft / Thursday June 7th 1894 / 876 President Street / Brooklyn."
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History In 1893, Peter Townsend Austen, uncle of photographer Alice Austen, moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York, after accepting a position as Professor of Chemistry at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In this photo, his two eldest children are seated in front of the family's home.

Earliest Date 1894
Latest Date 1894
Subjects Children
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, Peter Townsend
Austen, Elizabeth Patty
Austen, William Munroe
Catalog Number 50.015.5211
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2017.
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