J. Ambler Smith
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Probably 1870s
Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

J. Ambler Smith

J. Ambler Smith, a lawyer and a Virginia member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1873 to 1875, is the subject of this photographic portrait. This glass-plate image is part of the Brady-Handy Collection of negatives at the Library of Congress. The collection combines the work of Mathew B. Brady and his nephew Levin D. Handy, who ran several photographic studios in Washington, D.C. The majority of the negatives are portraits taken during and after the Civil War, but the collection also includes views of Washington, D.C.