Unidentified Woman 1999-X-04

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.

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Unknown

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.

Biographical Note: add, augment

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment 

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. 1890-1895

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1999-X-04

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