Carte-de-visite of USS Constitution
This carte-de-visite (CDV) photograph, taken by Joshua Appleby Williams, shows a starboard profile of USS Constitution moored off Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island. Two small boats are visible alongside. At that time, during the American Civil War, Constitution served as a school ship for the U.S. Naval Academy. Cartes-de-visite, also known as calling cards, were a relatively inexpensive form of portraiture popular in the United States and Europe during the 19th century. Williams (1817-1892) worked as a photographer in Newport from 1847 to 1885 and had a studio on Touro Street.