Clarke, Unidentified Man 1991-IDI-03

Lafayette Sheppard’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Man (Clarke Family), 1888


Photographer: Lafayette Sheppard (b. 1852 Ohio, d. 1940 Inglewood, California)

Active in Petaluma: 1888

Biographical Note: Sheppard arrived in California by 1880 and was employed in various occupations in various cities throughout the state.  In 1888 he was listed as a photographer in Petaluma and he produced many fine cabinet card portraits during his stay. 

Bibliography: Mautz, pg. 140.


Name(s): Unknown

Description: Cabinet card of an unidentified man's bust of the Clarke family. The man's hair is parted and slicked. He has a waxed handlebar mustache. Visible in the frame is his collar; tie with pin, and collar of his jacket. The photo has a trompe l'oeil effect. The photographer, Lafayette Sheppard, was only in Petaluma for one year in 1888.

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Family Affiliation: Clarke Family

Bibliography: add, augment


Format / Size: cabinet card, approximately 10.75 x 16.5 cm

Medium: albumen photographic print mounted on cardstock

Description, Obverse: (identify group or individual, gender(s); identify pose, furniture & props; describe composition, background, added color…)

Description, Reverse: N/A

Date: 1888  

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1991-IDI-03

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