Ralph Waldo Emerson
4 of 8 portraits of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1873
3 3/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. (94 mm x 60 mm) image size
Given by Sylvia Wirtle, 1965
Artistback to top
- Elliott & Fry (active 1863-1962), Photographers. Artist associated with 10997 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographers' studio, 55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London)
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