Harris-Brent Collection - PP96

Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library

ca. 1888-1955

Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, August 1999


The Lloyd family occupied Wye House (home and farm) in Talbot Co., Maryland for many generations, starting in 1650 and continuing into the 20th century. Among the generations of Lloyd family occupants were many statesmen, soldiers, and otherwise influential figures, including three who served as Maryland state governor. The family’s roots went back to Francis Scott Key and General John Eager Howard.

Alice Lloyd Oliver (1855-1942) was the great grand-daughter of both Key and Howard through her mother Mary Howard Lloyd. She married Thomas Harrison Oliver, and lived in the Tudor Hall Apartments on University Parkway in Baltimore city by the end of her life. Mary Howard Lloyd had strong ties to Baltimore, having been born there in 1831, the daughter of Charles Howard and Elizabeth Phoebe Key Howard; she moved to Wye House not long after her marriage to Col. Edward Lloyd in 1851, but returned to Baltimore as a widow to live with Alice Oliver at the end of her life. At the outset of the Civil War, the wealth of Col. Lloyd was said to be unparalleled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and he held nearly one thousand slaves on the plantation; it was at Wye House that Frederick Douglass was born.

Nannie Tilghman Lurman (1857-1918) married Theodor G. Lurman, after spending her early life on the Tilghman family estate, Grosses, at Miles River Neck (Talbot Co.). One of their four children was Gustav W. Lurman, III (1887?-1918). The Lurman family had a home called Farmlands in Catonsville, the site of which is now occupied by Catonsville Senior High School.

Robert Fenwick Brent (1849-1922) was a Baltimore lawyer whose family was involved in the early settlement of St. Mary’s County and had connections with the Lord Baltimore back in England. His mother, Matilda Lawrence Brent, was a descendant of Johathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown. His father, Robert James Brent (1811-1872) had been Maryland’s Attorney General in 1851-1852. Robert F. Brent was attended the University of Virginia, and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. He married Alice Harris Brent (d. 1958).

Julia Morris Murray Bowdoin (d. 1954) was born at Rockburn in Elkridge (Howard Co.), which was built in 1738 by her ancestor Daniel M. Murray. She was the daughter of Capt. Francis Key Murray, USN, and Anne Willing Morris Murray. She married Henry J. Bowdoin (1860-1922) in 1891.

Collection Origin

Gift from estate of Mrs. Robert F. Brent (Alice Harris Brent), 1958 (55878).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 1 box with 5 folders containing 5 photoprints (5 additional prints are located in "Medium photo" storage area). The photos are portraits of the Lloyd, Lurman, and Tilghman families. These include wedding photographs, and a large group picnic with an African American waiter.

Note: Related materials are found in MS. 1095, the Harris-Brent Papers, 1810-1940s, in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society.


The photographs are arranged according to PP catalog number. The larger format photographs are arranged by PP collection number in the "Medium Photographs" area, under PP96.

Container List

1 Box

Box 1: 5 Folders (this is a folder level list: each individual item below is housed in a separate folder).

PP96.1 – Portrait of unidentified child (Brent family?), ca. 1920.

PP96.2 – Portrait of unidentified child (Brent family?), ca. 1925.

PP96.3 – Portrait of unidentified child (Brent family?), 1929.

PP96.4 – Portrait of unidentified children (Brent family?), ca. 1955.

PP96.5 – Portrait of unidentified child in swimsuit (Brent family?), ca. 1955.

Photos stored in "Medium Photographs" area

PP96.6 – Wedding photo in church, ca. 1955.

PP96.7 – Group portrait at picnic, possibly at Wye House in Talbot Co., ca. 1888. 30 people, unidentified; Robert F. Brent standing at left; African American waiter.

PP96.8 – Same as PP96.7.

PP96.9 – Group portrait (Brent family?), possibly at Wye House in Talbot Co., ca. 1888. 31 people, unidentified.

PP96.10 – Gardens, possibly at Wye House in Talbot Co., ca. 1888. Photoprint has ghost image of woman’s portrait on verso. © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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