|Object Name||Negative, Glass-plate|
|Photographer||Austen, E. Alice|
|Date||September 21, 1892|
|Collection||Alice Austen Photograph Collection|
Original glass plate negative. Interior view of men and women playing cards in the Austen house, Clear Comfort, in Rosebank, Staten Island. Alice Austen is seated at right, and her friend Julia Bredt is in the center; the two men are identified as Mr. Gilman and C. Wildrick. The group uses a pillow as a playing surface, and they all hold their card hands so the faces of the cards are visible to the camera.
(Keywords: Posed Group, Self Portrait, New York)
|Film Size||4 x 5|
|Ownership and History||
Alice Austen carefully arranged this group for the photograph. She and the two men all hold royal flushes, while her friend Julia has the good fortune to be holding five aces.
The man seated at left is most likely Henry K. Gilman of Flushing, New York. The man seated at right is Charles White Wildrick. His father, Lieutenant-Colonel Abram C. Wildrick, was the commander of the Fort Wadsworth military post. Charles White Wildrick appears frequently in the newspapers of the early 1900s. Among his claims to fame were his 6-month sentence in a penitentiary for passing a bad check, his romance with a wealthy woman from Chicago, and his contentious divorce from a woman who was accused of murder.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
Wildrick, Charles White
Gilman, Henry K.
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