Dreese, Mrs. 1994-633-34

Ross & Ormsby’s Portrait Photograph of Mrs. Dreese, 1868


Photographers: George Ross (b. Feb. 2, 1832 Edinburgh Scotland; d. 1893 Petaluma, CA) and Ormsby (Elon D.?) (dates unknown)

Active in Petaluma: 1868

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.  In 1868 he was also part of a photographic studio partnership, Ross and Ormsby, on Main Street in Petaluma.  Ross died in Petaluma and was buried in Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma.  Very little is known of Ormsby.

Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 461-463; Mautz, pg. 129 & 136. 


Name(s): Mrs. Dreese

Description: Carte de visite of Mrs. Dreese sitting. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a necklace. Her dress is belted, decorative around the sleeves, and has a white collar.

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Format / Size:  carte de visite, approximately 6 x 10 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: Ross & Ormsby, Main Street, Petaluma.

Date: 1868

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1994-633-34

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