Unidentified Woman 1992-IDI-07-p13-p22

Bryan R. Johnson’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Child & Woman, c. 1863-1867

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer: Bryan R. Johnson (b. c. 1834 New York State)

Active in Petaluma: c. 1863 - 1867

Biographical Note: B.R. Johnson worked as a daguerreotypist, ambrotypist and photographer in San Francesco, CA (c.1856-1857); Benicia, CA (1858); Oakland, CA (1860) and Petaluma, CA (c.1863-1867).  In 1863 he established “Johnson’s Premium Pioneer Photographic Gallery” in Doyle’s Block Building on Main Street, Petaluma; in1864 he relocated his studio to Petaluma’s Phoenix Block and then back again to Doyle’s Block this time over the Morris Cigar Store.  Johnson advertised himself as doing “First Class Work” and his studio as outfitted “in the most splendid style” featuring “the late improved frosted Lites, more generally used in the Eastern Cities.”  In 1865 he studied the recent improvements in photography at the gallery of Mathew B. Brady in New York City and then returned to his Petaluma studio where he continued until at least 1867. 

Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 325-326; Mautz, pg. 114.

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Unidentified Child and Woman

Description: CDV of a woman sitting, and a child standing next to her.  The woman is wearing a dress with a hoop skirt with embroidering along the hem and jacket. 

Biographical Note:

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment

THE PHOTOGRAPH:

Format / Size:  carte de visite, size N/A

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: Civil War tax stamp; Bryan Johnson’s stamp

Date: c. 1863-1867

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1992-IDI-07-p13-p22

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