Museum logo

Photo Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Title Our old knocker
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date November 6, 1890
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Close-up view of an ornate metal door knocker, with a handle in the shape of a griffin's head. The knocker is mounted on a wooden door between two glass panes. Inscription "E.A.A" in lower left corner.
(Keyword: Clifton)
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This knocker adorned a door of Clear Comfort, the Austen family house in Rosebank, Staten Island, New York. The knocker came from a chateau in Rouen, France, and was acquired by John Haggerty Austen, grandfather of photographer Alice Austen.

Alice Austen's inscription on the envelope for this negative noted that she "threw sun on it with looking glass" to light her photo.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Doors & doorways
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.6533
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2013.
Legal Status Images and text in this database are copyrighted by the Staten Island Historical Society unless otherwise noted. 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.