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Title [Aunt Minn, Uncle Oswald, and Alice Austen]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Muller, Oswald
Date ca. 1884-1888
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W print on cardboard mount. Alice Austen (right), her Aunt Minn, and her Uncle Oswald stand on a lawn, with Alice's pug Punch seated at her feet. Alice and Oswald look directly at the camera; Alice holds a hat in her left hand, and a handkerchief and a single flower in her right hand. Aunt Minn is seen in profile, looking toward the right; she holds a handkerchief in her right hand. Oswald holds in his right hand a pneumatic bulb for the camera's remote shutter release. The location may be the grounds of Clear Comfort (Austen House) in Rosebank, Staten Island.
(Keywords: Self Portrait, Clifton, New York)
Print size 6 x 8.250
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Alice Austen (right) poses with her Aunt Minn and Uncle Oswald Muller.

Minn married Oswald, a clipper ship captain from Copenhagen, in 1871. She frequently joined him in his travels; when not at sea, they resided at the Austen family home, Clear Comfort, in Rosebank, Staten Island.

Although Alice Austen often took self-portrait photographs, it is possible that this photo was taken by her uncle Peter Austen, who was also a photographer.
Earliest Date 1884
Latest Date 1888
Subjects Family
Portrait photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Muller, Oswald
Muller, Minn
Catalog Number 50.015.2341
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
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