Ernest Roblin photograph of execution of Pedro Prestán, 1885

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.81-54
Creators:
Roblin, Ernest
Dates:
1885
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
1 mounted print
albumen
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photograph depicting Pedro Prestán hanging from gallows on railway tracks, with an open coffin and five men standing nearby and others in the background. Prestán was hung in Apsinwall, now called Colon, Panama, on August 18, 1885.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Ernest Roblin joined the Societe Francaise de Photographie in 1880. Around 1885 he left Paris and opened a studio in Granville, which he called Photographie Parisienne. He changed the name in 1890 to the Photographie Maritime Castel-Photo.
Pedro Prestán was a rebel against the Colombian government. In 1885, he seized Aspinwall, Panama, including the American ship Colon and other American property. Threatened by government troops following United States intervention, the insurgents burned the city and abandoned it. Later the same year, the insurgents were captured and hanged.
Nathan Appleton was an American agent for Compagnie universelle du canal interocéanique de Panama, a French company attempting to build a canal across Panama, from 1881 through 1888. He probably obtained the photograph during this time.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Digital surrogate is available.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 81-54
,
USNM ACC 24212

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 81-54, Ernest Roblin photograph of execution of Pedro Prestán, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Library of Congress holds the Nathan Appleton papers, 1850-1904.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Appleton donated five other photographs to the Department of Anthropology in accession 24212.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Nathan Appleton to the National Museum in 1891 as part of accession 24212. Transferred from the Department of Anthropology Processing Lab to the National Anthropological Archives in 1981.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Panamanians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Colon (Panama) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hanging Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prestán, Pedro, 1852-1885 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographie Parisienne, photography studio Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
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