Nathaniel Fish Moore Photographs


Family Portraits

In 1944 William Hodges donated a number of early photographs to the Columbiana collection. His grandfather, Edward Hodges, had married Sarah Ann Moore, sister of Nathaniel Fish Moore. Hodges thought the photographs had been taken by William Moore, but the Columbiana Curator, Milton Halsey Thomas, recognized them as more likely to be the work of Nathaniel Fish Moore.

In the portraits below, Nathaniel Fish Moore captures his cousin Clement Clarke Moore (CC 1798) and one of his daughters. Clement C. Moore is best known for his work ’Twas the Night before Christmas. Also featured in this gallery are William Moore, his brother, and Pierre Toussaint. A former slave from Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Toussaint became a much sought after hairdresser to the ladies of New York. One of his clients was Sarah Ann Moore.

Unidentifed Portraits

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