John Quincy Reed’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Woman, c. 1874-1879
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.
Description: Carte de visite of an unidentified woman's bust. The woman has short curly bangs and the rest of her hair is pulled back. Her arm is resting on a studio prop. Her dress has ruffled cinched sleeves, and a white lacy collar. The woman's fashion's and Reed's duration in Petaluma date this photo to the 1870s.
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Format / Size: carte de visite, approximately 6.5 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: J. Q. Reed, Photographic Artist. Over Wells, Fargo & Co’s Ex. Office, Main St., Petaluma, Cal.
Date: c. 1874-1879
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1982-24-01
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