Western Artists William Keith & H.W. Arthur Nahl, Rare Signed CDV
Studio carte de visite autographed by notable western artists William Keith (1838-1911) and H.W. Arthur Nahl (1833-1889). Verso with studio imprint of Bryan & Johnston's Photographic Gallery, San Francisco.
Nahl was a well-known German-born artist, daguerreotypist, engraver, portraitist, and landscape painter. He specialized in creating scenes of the Old West and California. Keith was also a well-known painter of California scenes but hailed from Scotland. He developed a particularly close relationship with naturalist, John Muir. St. Mary's College, which has an extensive collection of Keith paintings, believes the man seated with his portfolio is Keith.
Photographs of artists such as this are particularly rare, especially autographed examples, because they often seek others as subjects rather than making themselves the subjects in others' art.
Some surface wear to image, including smudge/fingerprint through seated subject's face, with even toning to carte and mount.