Guide to the Photograph Collection
This collection consists of photographs collected by writer Hermann Jackson Warner. Most of the images are photographs taken and collected during his travels in Europe and Asia, among other places, with his wife, Mary Poyntell Stayley Warner, from 1869-1905.
William Augustus Warner (1795-1830) was the youngest child of Jonathan Warner (b. 1744) and Hannah Mandell. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1815. He was married to Sarah Inches Cobb (1800-1859), the daughter of Benjamin (b. 1744) and Lucy Cobb. They had four children: Jane S., Mary Brimmer (1826-1852), William Augustus (1829-1885), and Hermann Jackson (1831-1916). William Augustus Warner died shortly before Hermann's birth, and Sarah later married Dr. George Bates (1785-1867), the son of Jonathan Bates and Sara Orcuff of Cohasset, Massachusetts. They had two children: Joshua Hall and Lucy Cobb (b. ca. 1839). The Bates resided at Boston, Massachusetts.
Hermann Jackson Warner (1831-1916) was born on February 15, 1831, the son of William Augustus Warner and Sarah Inches Cobb. After completing his studies at the Boston Latin School, he attended Harvard College, where he received his A.B. in 1850 and his LL.B. in 1852. Upon his graduation from Law School, Warner studied in the law offices of Sohier and Welch, located at 9 Tremont Street. He was a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Boston Society of Natural History and was also associated with the Boston Committee on behalf of the Cretan Revolutionists. Due to poor health, Hermann Jackson Warner moved to Europe in 1869. On June 13th, 1883, Warner was married to Mary Poyntell Staley (ca. 1837-1919), the daughter of Andrew Staley and Rebecca Cladcleugh of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; they had no children. As American expatriates, the Warners resided at Dresden, Germany, from about 1869 until their respective deaths. During their years there, they frequently summered in the Italian Riviera and traveled throughout Europe. During the summer of 1887, the Warners travelled to the Orient, visiting India and Japan, and upon occasion, also revisited America. Late in life, Hermann Jackson Warner wrote two books relating his various travels around the world. The first, European Years: the Letters of an Idle Man, was published in 1911, followed in 1913 by New Letters of an Idle Man; both were edited by George Edward Woodberry. On December 2nd, 1916, he died at Geneva, Switzerland, and his ashes were buried in the Warner/Bates family lot (#708) at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 24, 1917.
Mary Poyntell Staley Warner (ca. 1837-1917) was the daughter of Andrew Staley and Rebecca Cladcleugh of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was married to Hermann Jackson Warner (above). She also died at Geneva, Switzerland, and her ashes were buried next to her late husband’s in the Warner/Bates family lot (#708) at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 8, 1917.
Lucy Cobb Bates Williams (b. ca. 1839) was the daughter of Dr. George Bates (1785-1867) and Sarah Inches Cobb Warner (1800-1859) and was the half-sister of Hermann Jackson Warner. In 1857, she was married to Samuel King Williams (b. 1835), the son of Samuel King Williams (1785-1874) and Elizabeth Winslow Whitman (1795-1886). They had eight children: Edgar Nye (b. 1858), George Gorham (b. 1860), Charles King (b. 1864), a stillborn female (b. 1867), Elizabeth Winslow (later Cushing) (b. 1868), Lucy Cobb (b. 1871), Borland (b. 1874), and Hermann Warner (b. 1876).
The collection contains 412 photographs collected by Hermann Jackson Warner and his wife, Mary Poyntell Staley Warner. These photographs span the years ca. 1845-1904 and consist of loose photographs and photos arranged in an album. Many of the photographs in this collection are duplicates.
The collection consists primarily of individual and group portraits of the Warner family, relatives, and acquaintances. Some of the photographs are photo reproductions of family oil and crayon portraits owned by the Warners. There are also a number of photographs of the Warners on their travels in Italy, Japan, and other places, many of which were taken by an acquaintance, Harriet von Roth. After their travels and upon their return to Germany, the Warners had many copy photos made of the original Kodak snapshots; these are included in the collection. Additionally, there are commercial photographic views of places, architecture, and artwork, among other subjects, that the Warners visited and saw on their travels throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. The Warners presumably collected these photographs as souvenirs during their travels.
There is one volume of photographs in the collection. It contains carte de visite portraits, probably of members of the Warner family, taken between 1875-1885.
The majority of the photographs in this collection were taken by various European, Indian, and Japanese photographers, including Kimbei Kuskabe. American photographers represented here include Bostonians such as James Wallace Black, Augustus Marshall, John Adams Whipple, and Black & Batchelder, as well as Mrs. J. B. Lewis of New York City, among others.
The collection includes daguerreotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, as well as Kodak black-and-white photographs.
This collection was removed from the Hermann Jackson Warner papers, which were given to the Massachusetts Historical Society by the estate of Hermann Jackson Warner in Dec. 1974.
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Portraits, ca. 1845-1904
This series contains portraits, mostly of Warner, Bates, Williams, and Staley family members, as well as friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and family in the United States, as well as Europe and Asia, taken between ca. 1845-1904 by various photographers.
A. Daguerreotypes, ca. 1845-1854
This subseries contains six daguerreotype portraits. Subjects include Sarah Inches Cobb Warner Bates and Hermann Jackson Warner. Photographers include Whipple & Black and Fish and Company, both of Boston, Mass., among others.
NOTE: Daguerreotypes are stored apart from the collection by format in Photo. Coll. 1 (Daguerreotypes). Please request these photographs by the call numbers listed below in bold, NOT Photo Coll. 156.
Enclosed is a photocopy of a note in the hand of her son, Hermann Jackson Warner, that identifies the photograph, as well as a clipping of an 1896 obituary for the photographer, James Wallace Black.
Enclosed is a photocopy of a note in the hand of her son, Hermann Jackson Warner, that identifies the photographs.
Enclosed is a note in Warner's hand that identifies the photograph.
Enclosed is a photocopy of a note in Warner's hand that identifies the photograph.
B. Individuals, ca. 1850-1904
This subseries contains individual portraits, mostly of Hermann Jackson Warner and Mary Poyntell Staley Warner, as well as various Warner, Bates, Williams, and Staley family members, taken between ca. 1850-1904. Other subjects include Edith and Marion Talbot; Mme. Jung of Dresden, Germany; and C. C. Felton, president of Harvard College. Included here are also several copy photographs of oil and crayon portraits of the Warner and Staley family, taken by German photographers at Dresden. The majority of the photographs in this subseries were taken by various European photographers, but there are also photographs taken by James Wallace Black, Augustus Marshall, John Adams Whipple, and Black & Batchelder, all of Boston, Mass., as well as Mrs. J. B. Lewis of New York City.
Inscribed on the reverse, "Francisco Caldeira Cid Giraldes d'Albuquerque with many kisses for Aunt Mary - 11 months old, 1879."
Inscribed on the reverse in Warner's hand that the photograph was taken of a crayon portrait made by Mary Brimmer Warner in February 1845.
Reproduced photographs of the same group photograph taken in New Hampshire in summer 1861.
Enclosed is a photocopy of a note in the hand of Hermann J. Warner identifying the photograph as, "Taken with a Kodak by the Honbl. & Revd A. Hanbury-Tracey in front of the Scheizerhof Hotel in Lucerne about January 9: 1894 : 2 PM."
Inscribed on the reverse, "Our dog Viego."
Inscribed on the reverse, "For dear Cousin Harry from Isabella. Will be thirteen the 15th of June."
C. Groups, ca. 1866-1900
This subseries contains group portraits, mostly of various Warner, Williams, and Staley family members, as well as friends, acquaintances, and family in the United States, Europe, and Asia, taken between ca. 1866-1900. The majority of the photographs in this subseries were taken by various European photographers, among others. Includes one tintype.
The two young women standing behind the seated H. J. Warner and an unidentified "matron" are possibly the Misses Talbot, Edith (left; see Photo. #156.35) and Marion (right; see Photo #156.36). See also Photo. #156.61, which is a reproduction of this tintype.
II. Travel photographs, 1877-1900
This series contains snapshots and copy photographs, mostly of Hermann Jackson Warner and Poyntell Staley Warner on their travels to the Italian Riviera in 1896-1900 and Japan in June 1887. Almost every photograph is identified on the verso in the hand of Hermann Jackson where and when the picture was taken. Many of these photographs are copy photographs taken by various German photographers of original Kodak snapshots taken by Harriet von Roth, an acquaintance of the Warners. In several cases, the original Kodak is included along with the copy photograph.
A. Europe, 1896-1900
This subseries contains snapshot and copy photographs, mostly of the Warners' travels to the Italian Riviera, Venice, and Switzerland. Subjects include photographs taken onboard the steamer Fulda at Gibraltar (June, 1896); in Genoa and Bordighera, Italy (Dec. 1898-Jan. 1899); Bordighera, Italy (Apr.-May 1899); Grasse, France (Mar. 1900); Venice, Italy (June 1900); and Pontresina and Engadine, Switzerland (July 1900).
B. Japan, 1887
This subseries contains group portraits of the Warners that were taken by Kimbei Kusakabe (Nichome, Yokahama) on their trip to Japan in the summer of 1887. Included among these are photographs of an unidentified family with whom the Warners are travelling. There is also one page removed from a bound album (not in this collection), with albumen prints of the Warners at the Great Daibustu Buddha at Kamakura, taken by an unidentified photographer.
III. Views, ca. 1866-1905
This series contains views of various places in Europe, Asia, and the United States among other places visited by Hermann Jackson Warner and Mary Poyntell Staley Warner from 1866 to 1905. See also Series V. Oversize photographs.
A. Italy, ca. 1885-1905
Arranged alphabetically by place name.
This subseries contains large commercial albumen photographs of Bordighera, Perugia, and Siena, Italy. These photographs were taken by various photographers, ca. 1885-1905.
B. Other European views, 1869-1905
This subseries mostly contains commercial photographs of Scarborough, England; Hannover, Karlsbad, Dresden, and Arnstadt, Germany; and Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway, among other views. These photographs were taken by various photographers, ca. 1869-1905.
C. Japan, ca. 1887
Arranged alphabetically by place name.
This subseries contains large commercial albumen photographs of various places in Japan, including Dogashima Falls, Hakone Lake, Mikados Palace, Miyanoshita, Naraya's Hotel, Tumoto, among other views. These photographs were taken by various photographers, ca. 1887.
D. United States, ca. 1866-1900
This subseries mostly contains photographs of the Warner/Bates family lot at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.; the Massachusetts State House, Boston Common, and Brattle Street Church in Boston, Mass.; and the Williams family home. Other photographs include carte de visite views of Hermann Jackson Warner's visit to New Hampshire, ca. 1866-1867, as well as views of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, California, among other views. These photographs were taken by various photographers, ca. 1866-1900.
E. Miscellaneous views, ca. 1887-1900
Arranged alphabetically by place name.
This subseries contains a large commercial albumen photograph of the Apollo Hotel, possibly in India, as well as mounted views of an unidentified building, identified in an unknown hand as an "Australian House." These photographs were taken by various photographers, ca. 1887-1900.
IV. Artwork, ca. 1880-1900
This series contains commercial photographs of various paintings and sculptures located mostly in Italy, as well as some in Spain and Denmark. These photographs were taken by various photographers, some unknown, and purchased by Hermann Jackson Warner and Mary Poyntell Staley Warner on their travels through Europe between 1880-1900. Subjects include various European paintings and sculptures from galleries and museums located at Rome, Florence, and Parma, among other places in Italy. On the reverse of two of these photographs, Hermann Jackson Warner has indicated in his own hand when and where they were purchased.
V. Oversize photographs, ca. 1880-1903
This series contains oversize loose portraits and views of various European locales, as well as artwork.
A. Portraits, 1903
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
This subseries contains seven oversize individual portraits by Schemboche & Baldi in Rome, Italy, including photographs of Hermann Jackson Warner and Mary Poyntell Staley Warner, taken in Nov. 1903.
B. Views and artwork, ca. 1880-1900
Arranged alphabetically by place name.
This subseries contains oversize commercial photographs of various places in the Mediterranean visited by Warners on their travels through Europe between 1880-1900. Subjects include views of Burgos, Cordova, Granada, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Seville, and Toledo, among other places in Spain, and a panoramic view of an unidentified port city, possibly in Italy, among other subjects. There is also an oversize artwork photograph of a statue, which was probably acquired by the Warners during their travels in Italy. These photographs were taken by various photographers, some unknown, ca. 1880-1900.
VI. Warner family photograph album, ca. 1875-1885
This photograph album contains four carte de visite portraits, mostly unidentified and probably of Warner family members or friends. Only one of the photographs is identified, as "M. F. Watkins," taken in Sept. 1883, by A. Sorgato (Venice, Italy). The remaining three unidentified photographs were taken ca. 1875-1885 by various photographers in Germany and England. The photograph album is made of tooled leather and velvet.
Hermann Jackson Warner photograph collection, Photo. Coll. 156, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.