This carte de visite was made around 1861.
A handwritten caption -- "M.B. Brady, artist, Civil War photographer" -- echoes Brady's own views. Throughout his life, Mathew Brady claimed two complementary professions, and never saw the need to choose between them.
Mathew Brady
1823? - 1896

Mathew Brady Studio
Albumen silver print
(carte de visite), 1864, 8.6 x 5.3 cm
(3 3/8 x 2 1/8 inches)
National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D.C.