Famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady’s studio camera readies for public auction

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DALLAS, TX.- A circa 1860 studio camera that was used by Mathew Brady, the quintessential Civil War photo-documentarian and one of America’s greatest photographers, has been offered by Heritage Auctions on Nov. 30 as part of its Americana & Political Memorabilia Signature® Auction. “Virtually every public figure of the Civil War era passed through Mathew Brady’s Washington studio,” said Tom Slater, Director of Historical Auctions at Heritage, “and it’s thrilling to imagine that many of his iconic photographs may well have been taken with this very camera. It’s a museum piece in the truest sense of the word.” Although no manufacturer’s label is present on the camera itself, it is similar to examples made by H. J. Lewis of New York, circa 1860. The dark wood camera is fitted with a Petzval-type brass barrel lens bearing the serial number 1195. The Brady provenance is iron-clad. “It