St. Paul 1860, Seven Corners and Fourth Street; the Winslow House (burned 1862), and the Cathedral
by Illingworth, William Henry, photographer
n.p., n.d.. Large gelatin print photograph, approx. 13¼" x 16¾" on a larger mount (18" x 20½" corners of which are slightly defective); all else very good. Printed from the original collodion wet-plate negative, likely in the 1890s.Shamelessly pieced together from Wikipedia: William H. Illingworth (1844-93) was an English photographer who accompanied both Captain James L. Fisk's 1866 expedition to the Montana Territory and Lt. Colonel George Custer's 1874 U.S. military expedition into the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory. In 1850, his family relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota, where his father operated a jewelry business. Illingworth helped in the business until he was about 20 years old, when he moved to Chicago to study wet plate photography. Illingworth produced some 1,600 negatives of the West and Midwest during his career. Many of these photos still exist in collections due to Illingworth's son who found the negatives in a St. Paul attic, and later sold his father's collection to a man named [Edward A.] Bromley. Bromley, in turn, sold the Black Hills images for $60 to the South Dakota State Historical Society in 1919.
(Inventory #: 49346)
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