George Ross’ Portrait Photograph of Unidentified infant, c. 1870-1873
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
Photographer: George Ross (b. Feb. 2, 1832 Edinburgh Scotland; d. ******, 1893 Petaluma, CA)
Active in Petaluma: 1862-1893
Biographical Note: Unlike the other 19th century Petaluma photographers, Ross lived in Petaluma for many years. Arriving in Petaluma in 1855 at age 23, he began his profession as a photographer in 1862, moving his studio within the city several times as noted on his various cdv imprints. For a short time he was also part of a photographic studio partnership, Ross and Ormsby, on Main Street in Petaluma. Ross died in Petaluma and was buried ******
Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 461-463; Mautz, pg.136.
Description: Carte de visite of a young unidentified infant in an oval frame. The infant has on a white dress, possibly a communion gown, and is sitting on a studio prop blanket. The blanket reaches out of frame, possibly camouflaging a parent's arm. The rounded edges, oval frame, and the photographer's simple artwork date this photo to the early 1870's.
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Bibliography: Information on the photo's date and format gathered from Gary W. Clark's "19th Century Card Photos Kwik Guide" pgs. 19, 20, 47
Format / Size: carte de visite, approximately 6.25 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: (describe imprint, type text of any
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1991-633-39
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