Brady and his publisher Edward Anthony, sold millions of carte-de-visite portraits throughout the 1860s. The cards could be stored in albums like this one, which an anonymous collector used to assemble a private gallery of Union generals, beginning with this portrait of Winfield Scott.

When asked how he had begun to photograph the Civil War, Brady recalled making this carte de visite in the spring of 1861. Scott was then head of the army, a valuable subject for a portrait, and a necessary ally in Brady's campaign to follow the impending battle. "Scott . . . told me, to my astonishment, that he was not to remain in command. Said he to me: `Mr. Brady, no person but my aide . . . knows what I am to say to you. Gen. McDowell will succeed me to-morrow. You will have difficulty, but he [is] the one for you to see.'"

Winfield Scott
1786 - 1866
Albumen silver print
(carte de visite), 1861
6 1/8 x 12 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches
(including clasp)
National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D.C.