H. F. ROBERTS’ Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Woman, c. 1890-1895
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
Photographer: H. F. Roberts (dates unknown)
Active in Petaluma: unknown
Biographical Note: Very little is known of H. F. Roberts’ activity in Petaluma.
Bibliography: Mautz, pg.136.
Description: Maroon cabinet card with uneven, gilded, scalloped edges and foil-stamped artwork of an elderly unidentified woman's bust. The woman's hair is pulled back and braided. She is wearing a dark dress with buttons, pleating, and embroidery going up the chest. There is also embroidery around the collar, and large puffy sleeves. Based on the card's format, processing method, and the woman's fashion I would date this card to the mid 1890s.
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Bibliography: add, augment
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. 1890-1895
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1999-X-04
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