Unidentified Woman 2001-178-01

George Ross’ Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Woman, 1870-1875

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer: George Ross (b. Feb. 2, 1832 Edinburgh Scotland; d. ******, 1893 Petaluma, CA) 

Active in Petaluma: 1862-1893

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.  For a short time he was also part of a photographic studio partnership, Ross and Ormsby, on Main Street in Petaluma.  Ross died in Petaluma and was buried ******

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

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Unknown

Description: Carte de visite of an elderly unidentified woman in an oval frame with a single line border. The woman's hair is hidden underneath a black lace bonnet that is tied under her chin, and she is wearing glasses. She has on what appears to be a corseted dress with a large white lace collar. Based on the oval frame, single line border, and the woman's fashion this photo is from the early 1870's.

Biographical Note: add, augment

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: Information on the photo's date and format gathered from Gary W. Clark's "19th Century Card Photos Kwik Guide," pg. 26, 47

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: (describe imprint, type text of any

handwritten script)

Date: 1870-1875

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 2001-178-01

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