Eliza and Frederic Hudson sat for these carte de visite portraits at the second New York studio of pioneer American photographer Mathew Brady. Brady established his first New York studio in the early 1840s at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street, opening his second in 1859, further uptown. In 1858, he also set up a Washington studio. Brady is remembered for his portraits of prominent Americans and his graphic Civil War images.
These two midlife portraits present the stark contrast between the condition of Frederic Hudson, who retained his vigor and his good looks as he aged, and his wife, whose beauty had wasted away by midlife (compare with #21).