Unidentified Man 2002-223-03

John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Man, c. 1885-1888

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer: John Quincy Reed (b. 1842, Massachusetts, d. 1902)

Active in Petaluma: 1874-1898

Biographical Note: Reed worked from several different studios during his time in Petaluma.  In 1874 his studio was in the “American Hall, Main Street,” thereafter it was “Over Wells, Fargo & Co’s. Ex. Office, Main St” and finally it was “Brick Block, opposite McGuire’s Drug Store, Main Street.”  According to Palmquist, Reed was charged with arson for setting fire to property in Petaluma at the corner of Cleveland and College Avenues.

Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 452-53; Mautz, pg. 134. 

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Unknown

Description: Cabinet card of an elderly unidentified man's bust in a semi-oval frame. The man has combed hair and a long goatee. He is wearing a tweed three-piece suit with notched, piped lapels, a tie and up-turned collar. The man's fashion, card's format, and Reed's duration in Petaluma date this photo to the1880s.

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THE PHOTOGRAPH:

Format / Size: cabinet card, approximately 10.75 x 16.5 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: N/A

Date: c. 1885-1888

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 2002-223-03

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