Bowdoin College - Class of 1854
Example of Mixed Use of Lithographs & Photos
Note, this was on e-bay Dec 2002. I was not the purchaser!
Quarto album containing lithographic portraits of students, an engraved view of Bowdoin, and a photographic print from a calotype negative of Parker Cleaveland, professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and natural philosophy. (His Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology is prized among collectors of early American geology books)
Several members of this class served in the Civil War. My thanks to Professor Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College for his listing of Bowdoin graduates who served with the Union. Those who served from the class of 1854, and whose lithographic portraits are included in this album, were George Washington Bartlett (killed in action), Charles Peleg Chandler (killed in action), John Abbot Douglas (surgeon), and Henry Clay Wood.
There are 33 lithographs of students (the portrait, undoubtedly taken
from a daguerreotype, and lithographic signature measure approximately
3 1/2" x 2 1/2"), one engraved view, one salt print (Parker Cleaveland),
and 3 pages with manuscript notes. Several blank pages follow each
portrait. Some foxing. Leatherbound, with gilt edges, bulking to
approximately 1 1/2". Front cover detached, and spine perished.
A list of the contents:
View of Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine
(engraved by J.W. Watts, Boston)(published by J. Griffin)
William M Bartley
D T Bradford
George Washington Bartlett (killed in action)
Henry P Brown
Charles Peleg Chandler (killed in action)
J F Deane
John Abbot Douglass - surgeon, 11th Mass.
James Lewis Hatch (see ms)
Charles M Hewin
Edward S Lennox
D C Linscott
G W M’Lellan
H N Merrill
J R Osgood
J O Robinson
H H Smith
Joseph E Smith
C W Smyth (perhaps his classbook - note on page following litho. of Smyth:
“I cannot better occupy that portion of this memorial volume, which pertains to myself than in giving some account of the worthies who figured upon the arena of our college life”
Parker Cleaveland (calotype)
D C Stanwood
J G Stetson
William L Symonds
William P Tucker
William D Washburn
N M Whitmore
Frank A Wilson
Henry Clay Wood
The owner of this classbook has written:
October 30th 1858
James Lewis Hatch, whose lithograph precedes, finished his career on earth a few weeks ago in Charleston S.C. He died of the Yellow Fever during its late visitation to that city. He was at the time of his death one of the editors of the Charleston Courier.
Hatch was a native of Maine, near Brunswick. On his first entrance into college he did not produce a favorable impression. He was inattentive to his dress, his studies and his reputation but was never to my knowledge dissipated.
He seemed the victim of a misanthropic melancholy, and was given to sarcastic poetry, in which he particularly excelled. Time and the amenities and sympathetic fellowships of college life wore away his asperities and made him a pleasant and welcome companion. We roomed side by side during the last year of our college life in the north end of Appleton Hall and spent many a vacant moment in familiar chat on our favorite topics. He was our class poet on one or two occasions, and was the anniversary poet of the Peucinian during our senior year.
He was well fitted by nature to be a political editor, and probably chose that profession as being congenial to his tastes. The position he occupied at his death was a proof of his ability. He leaves a wife behind him. Requiescat in pace.