Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Charles Eisenmann

There will be no review of photographer Charles Eisenmann as it has already been done many times on the net. This page will just be for a small collection of cabinet cards that still show his studio imprint. These cabinet cards were printed for promotional purposes and as such, many copies can be found in various collections.

There are many accountings of the works of Charles Eisenmann available. Here are a few:
The International Center of Photography
Historic Camera

photographer: Charles Eisenmann
New York, NY
example from auction site

Surviving examples of the work of Charles Eisenmann show that he specialized in promotional photographs of circus performers and other actors. The Sutherland sisters were associated with Barnum and Bailey circus for about ten years.

There is a brief accounting of the Seven Sutherland Sisters HERE.

Some Eisenmann examples on this page have been enhanced for their presentation here. Many existing copies are in very poor condition. Most examples here are from auction sites.

Apparently many of the poses were re-printed several times on different occasions. Here is one of the same photographs mounted on the cabinet card with the studio imprint on the right.

reverse of card at left

These two are unidentified but were probably part of the Sutherland Sisters portrait session.

Another example of a print repeated at a different time on a different style card

Four cards, three different styles

This group portrait was probably done originally by Charles Eisenmann as it appears to be part of the series on Sutherland Sisters. The negatives appear to have been passed around to other photographers for re-printing as needed.

This one shows no studio or photographer identification.

CDV example from auction site

Not the one you were looking for?
Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to

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