Stephen J. Field, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, poses in his judicial robe in this glass-plate portrait taken about 1875. Field was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and served in that position until 1897.
This image is part of the Brady-Handy Collection of glass-plate negatives at the Library of Congress. (This particular negative has cracked, as is evident in the photograph.) 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.