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 an unidentified infant. The baby has on a white gown, possibly a communion gown, with striped socks and leather boots. The infant is sitting on a studio prop with blanket, and an adult's arm can be seen in frame holding the infant upright. The rounded edges and the photographer's simple artwork date this photo to the early 1870s.
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Format / Size: carte de visite, approximately 10.25 x 6.25 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, 1994-633-44
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