Clarke, Unidentified Woman 1991-IDI-04

George Ross’ Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Woman in Clarke Family, c. 1870-1878


Photographer: George Ross (b. Feb. 2, 1832 Edinburgh Scotland; d. ******, 1893 Petaluma, CA) 

Active in Petaluma: 1862-1893

Biographical Note: Unlike the other 19th century Petaluma photographers, Ross lived in Petaluma for many years.  Arriving in Petaluma in 1855 at age 23, he began his profession as a photographer in 1862, moving his studio within the city several times as noted on his various cdv imprints.  For a short time he was also part of a photographic studio partnership, Ross and Ormsby, on Main Street in Petaluma.  Ross died in Petaluma and was buried ******

Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 461-463; Mautz, pg.136.


Name(s): Unknown

Description: Pastel pink cabinet card of an unidentified woman belonging to the Clarke family. The woman's hair is parted down the middle, intricately braided and pulled back. She is wearing a dark corseted dress with pleating around the cuffs, a white lace collar, and a white lace flower at the base of her neck. She is sitting in a fringed studio chair. The women's hair/fashion, the fringed chair, and the color of the card date the photo to the 1870's.

Biographical Note: add, augment

Family Affiliation:



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


Description, Reverse: Clarke Family

Date: c. 1870-1878

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1991-IDI-04

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