October 3rd, 2012 by Lauren Hewes
Edward W. Clay, Practical Amalgamation. The Wedding. New York, John Childs, ca. 1839.
This print by Edward W. Clay is one in a series of images that comments on interracial relationships in America during the 1830s. Most of the prints in the set are held by the Society. This impression is actually a second copy of the wedding scene print. The donor contacted us after seeing a posting on the AAS blog Past is Present about another Clay image from the series, recently given to the Society by former librarian Nancy Burkett. The donor had three prints from the Clay series, all duplicates of prints already in the collection, but, because of their superior condition, we were pleased to accept them and add them to our holdings. The Clay prints are frequently used by scholars of reform, race, anti-slavery, and humor in the United States.