Eastman, unidentified 1981-835-24

Ross & Ormsby’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Eastman Man, 1868

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

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.

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Unknown

Description: Carte de visite of an unidentified Eastman man. The man is sitting on a studio prop fringe chair. He is wearing a three-piece suit and has neatly combed hair. Ross & Ormsby's year in Petaluma dates this photo to 1868.

Biographical Note: Unidentified Eastman man, possible relation to Susan Eastman, the wife of Senator Albion P. Whitney.

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment

THE PHOTOGRAPH:

Format / Size:  carte de visite, approximately 6.25 x 10.5 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: Eastman 1871. Susan D.’s brother

Date: 1868

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-24

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