Denman, Isabelle Grigsby St. John (also see Grigsby St. John) 1992-IDI-03

Taber’s Portrait Photograph of Isabelle Grigsby St. John Denman, c. 1890-1899

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer: Taber

Studio Location: 8 Montgomery St., San Francisco, California

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Isabell Grigsby St. John Denman

Description: Boudoir card of Isabelle Grigsby St. John Denman. Denman's hair is parted down the middle, slightly waved, and pulled back. She has on a black dress with an elaborate black lace collar. Pinned at her neck appears to be an ivory brooch of a girl's silhouette, with matching earrings. Denman's fashion, as well as the size of the card, suggest the photo was taken in the 1890s.

Biographical Note: She is the mother of AnnaBellle St. John Whitney who married Arthur Whitney, son of Senator Albion P. Whitney and Susan Eastman. It is unclear to which Denman Isabelle was married.

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment 

THE PHOTOGRAPH:

Format / Size: Budoir card, approximately 13.5 x 21.5 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: “Mrs. C. Denman. Isabell Grigsby St. John Denman. Mother of AnnaBell St. John Whitney”

Date: c. 1890-1899

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1992-IDI-03

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