Artists' Excursion Over the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Photograph Collection - PP262

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ARTISTS’ EXCURSION OVER THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION – PP262

CA. 1857-1859

INVENTORY LIST

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History

“Distinguished artists and literati” were invited to make an excursion by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad train starting from Baltimore to the Ohio River Valley and back. It began on May 31, 1859 and ended at Camden Station, Baltimore on June 5, 1859. The excursion was orchestrated by Maryland Institute Board member William Prescott Smith, an officer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and was sponsored by Harper’s New Monthly Magazine for an article which appeared in June of 1859 (No. CIX, Vol. XIX) by Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother). 

“The company’s guests were to travel at their leisure, stopping at all prominent points of interest long enough to examine the most notable productions of human science and labor; to enjoy the magnificent natural scenery for which the line is so famous; and, if so disposed, to exercise their talents…” – Porte Crayon

Note: It is unclear which photographs were a direct result of the excursion described in the Harper's New Monthly Magazine article. Dates have no been confirmed. 

Collection Origin

Collected from several donations, including some originally made to the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of thirty-seven salted paper prints in two boxes, one oversized. Harpers Ferry and other parts of West Virginia (which, at the time the photographs were taken, was Virginia) make up most of the collection, with other photographs in Cumberland, Elysville, Relay, and Frederick, Maryland. Also included are other locations unknown. Rural landscape scenes and train bridges are prominently featured.

Note: It is unclear which photographs were a direct result of the excursion described in the Harper's New Monthly Magazine article. Dates have no been confirmed. 

Arrangement

The collection is separated by size: Box 1 consists of approximately 8x10 inch prints and Box 2 consists of all oversized photographs. Box 1 begins with scenes in Maryland and moves on to West Virginia. One photograph is framed and in separate storage in the P&P Room. 

Container List

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Box 1

Item ID

Description

Size/Format

Notes

PP262.01

Railroad train on Bollman Bridge near Elysville, Maryland. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows people on bridge. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

 

PP262.02

Railroad train on Bollman Bridge over north branch, Potomac River. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows people on bridge. East of Cumberland, Maryland. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Copy negative: Z24.32.VF

PP262.03

Railroad train at Frederick Junction, Maryland. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

 

PP262.04

Bridge over Patterson's Creek, near Cumberland, Maryland. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows view camera. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

 

PP262.05

Railroad train No. 232 at Cumberland. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows men posed with train, conductor, and buildings in background. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

 

PP262.06

Railroad train at Relay, Maryland. Shows people posed at staion. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Copy negative: Z24.100.VF

PP262.07

Landscape. View of Mount Airy, Maryland. Shows trees, road, and house or barn. Unidentified photographer, 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.97.VF

PP262.08

Landscape. West Grafton, Virginia (now West Virginia). Shows several houses. Unidentified photographer, 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.25.VF

PP262.09

Finksburg Truss Bridge over Monongahela River near Fairmount, Virginia (now West Virginia). Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows people posing on bridge. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.98.VF

PP262.10

Maryland Heights, opposite Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.1500

PP262.11

Railroad train on Cheat River Bridge, Virginia (now West Virginia). Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows train and people. Unidentified photographer, 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892

PP262.12

United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Shows person (out of focus) in foreground). Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.490

PP262.13

Group portrait. Glover's Gap, west of Fairmount, Virginia (now West Virginia), ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892

PP262.14

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridge, Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Looking toward Maryland Heights. Shows group on bridge. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.1525.

PP262.15

Group on cowcatcher of train, beyond Piedmont. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows view cameras in foreground. Unidentified photographer, not dated.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.31.VF

PP262.16

Unidentified tavern, Sykesville. Shows people on stoop and sign that reads "Sykesville". Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8x10 in. salted paper print

Accession: 49892. Copy negative: Z24.27

PP262.17

Group on cowcatcher of train. Shows men and women on train. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8.5 x 8.5 in. salted paper print

 

PP262.37Group on cowcatcher of train in town. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.6.75 x 8 in. salted paper print 

Box 2 (Oversized)

Item ID

Description

Size/Format

Notes

PP262.18

Group on cowcatcher of train. Shows men and women on train. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

8.5 x 8.5 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 1.

PP262.19

Rural landscape. Shows houses, bridge, water, and mountains. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

15.5 x 12.25 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 2.

PP262.20

Railroad train No. 232. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Shows conductors. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

16.25 x 14 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 2. Caution: Print is deteriorating. Copy negative: Z24.1843

PP262.21

Rural landscape with unidentified bridge. Shows houses, bridge, water, and mountain. Probably Harper Ferry, West Virginia. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

17.25 x 14 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 2. PP262.22 is the same image.

PP262.22

Rural landscape with unidentified bridge. Shows houses, bridge, water, and mountain. Probably Harper Ferry, West Virginia. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

16.75 x 14 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 2. PP262.21 is the same image.

PP262.23

Railroad train on unidentified bridge. Shows train, bridge, water, mountain, and people on bridge. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

17.25 x 13.75 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 3. PP262.24 is the same image.

PP262.24

Railroad train on unidentified bridge. Shows train, bridge, water, mountain, and people on bridge. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

15.75 x 13.25 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 3. PP262.23 is the same image.

PP262.25

Unidentified bridge. Shows town, bridge, water, and people seated along water. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

17.25 x 15 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 3. PP262.26 is the same image.

PP262.26

Unidentified bridge. Shows town, bridge, water, and people seated along water. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

16.5 x 12.75 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 3. PP262.25 is the same image.

PP262.27

Unidentified bridge. Town in background. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

17.25 x 14 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 4.  PP262.28 is the same image.

PP262.28

Unidentified bridge. Town in background. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

17.75 x 15 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 4.  PP262.27 is the same image.

PP262.29

Unidentified bridge. Shows water and mountain. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

15.25 x 12 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 4.  PP262.30 is the same image.

PP262.30

Unidentified bridge. Shows water and mountain. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

12.25 x 14 in. salted paper print

Located in Folder 4.  PP262.29 is the same image.

PP262.31

Bollman ? Bridge. Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Chase & Bachrach, view photos, northeast corner of Eutaw and Lexington Streets, Baltimore.

12.75 x 9.75 in. mounted print

Located in Folder 5. 

PP262.32

Railroad train. Tray Run, Cheat River, Virignia (now West Virginia). Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.  

13.75 x 7 in. mounted print

Located in Folder 5. 

PP262.33

Unidentified bridge. Shows water and mountain. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

16.75 x 13.5 in. mounted print

Located in Folder 5. 

PP262.34

Railroad train on unidentified bridge. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

13.75 x 12.5 in. mounted print

Located in Folder 5. 

PP262.35

Tray Run Viaduct, Cheat River Grade. Shows people on bridge. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

16.75 x 14 in. mounted salted paper print

Located in Folder 5. 

PP262.36

Group on cowcatcher of train. Unidentified photographer, ca. 1857-1859.

9.25 x 8 in. framed salted paper print

Framed Storage, P&P Room

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