New-York: G.W. Thorne, circa 1853-1857. Full-length, sepiatone image with excellent contrast, shows Billings in suit, vest, watch chain, and wide-brimmed hat, seated on a carved and padded stool, hands crossed, looking slightly to his left. By Napoleon Sarony, 680 Broadway, N.Y. Stamped imprint of G.W. Thorne, 60 Nassau St., New-York. Signed on the verso in light pencil, "Josh Billings." [Not an authentic signature.]. Fine. Item #040296
Billings (1818-1885) was born in Massachusetts and died at Monterey, California.