7 3/8″ x 5 ¼” albumen print on a large mount without imprint, No. “649” in the negative.
Arny was one of the best of the Indian agents. A friend of Lincoln, he was appointed to succeed Kit Carson as agent to the Utes and Jacarilla Apaches in 1860. He famously attended an 1861 reception at the White House dressed as a Mountain Man, and pleaded the cause of his charges. In 1862 he was appointed Territorial Secretary for New Mexico, and he served in various capacities until 1875.
In this rich portrait, made in a Washington studio, he characteristically wears an Indian blanket over his suit.