Taber’s Portrait Photograph of Isabelle Grigsby St. John Denman, c. 1890-1899
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
Photographer: Taber, 8 Montgomery St., San Francisco, California
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.
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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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