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This collection of 150 photographs taken in 1893 by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) of the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland captures the life both of the institution and of the cadets training there.

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Collection Location: United States Naval Academy

Photograph taken in 1893 of cadets W. V. N. Powelson, H. A. Pearson, W. S. Crosley, and F. H. Clark, Jr. during seamanship drill at United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.Collection Overview: This collection of 150 photographs taken in 1893 by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland captures the life both of the institution and of the cadets training there. From 1882 to 1902, the title "naval cadet" was used instead of "midshipman".

Johnston, after her graduation from the Notre Dame of Maryland Collegiate Institute in 1883, trained at the Académie Julian in Paris and, upon return home to Washington, D.C. in the mid-1880s, studied photography and was trained in darkroom technique by Smithsonian Director of Photography Thomas Smillie, opening her own studio about 1890.

These photographs, which were taken early in her professional career, show the breadth of Johnson's abilities as both a photojournalist and portrait photographer and an early interest in architectural photography.

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