Denman, Isabelle Grigsby St. John (also see Grigsby St. John) 1992-IDI-01

Unidentified Photographer’s Portrait Photograph of Isabelle Grigsby St. John Denman, c. 1885-1890

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer:  Unidentified photographer, Bradley & Rulofson Studio, 429 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Isabelle Grigsby St. John Denman

Description: Cabinet card of Isabelle St. John Denman. Denman wears a corseted dress with buttons going down the bodice, and a chain hanging around her neck. She has a high collar, with a brooch pinned at the base of her neck. There are three rows of tassels along the skirt. Her hair is braided into a crown. She is sitting in front a studio scene of branches and leaves.

Biographical Note: Isabelle Grigsby St. John Denman is the second wife of Ezekial Denman, married August 5th 1877. Their daughter AnnaBelle St. John Whitney married Arthur Whitney, the son of Senator Albion P. Whitney and Susan Eastman.

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment

THE PHOTOGRAPH:

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: “Bradley & Rulofson, San Francisco, United States, The World, Vienna 1873. Montgomery Street, San Francisco, Cal. Grandmother Denman Isabel Grigsby St. John Denman, Mother of Anna Belle St. John Whitney”

Date: c. 1885-1890  

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1992-IDI-01

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