Todd, Mr. 1991-X-49

Lafayette Sheppard’s Portrait Photograph of Mr. & Mrs. J. Todd, c. 1888


Photographer: Lafayette Sheppard (b. 1852 Ohio, d. 1940 Inglewood, California)

Active in Petaluma: 1888

Biographical Note: Sheppard arrived in California by 1880 and was employed in various occupations in various cities throughout the state.  In 1888 he was listed as a photographer in Petaluma and he produced many fine cabinet card portraits during his stay. 

Bibliography: Mautz, pg.140.


Name(s): Mr. & Mrs. J. Todd

Description: Cabinet card of Mr. & Mrs. J. Todd. Mr. Todd sits with his hands in his lap. He is wearing a suit, button at the top button, characteristic of the 1880's. He has a long beard only along his jawline. Mrs. Todd stands behind her husband. She is wearing a dress with lace detailing along the cuffs and collar, and buttons along the chest. The photographer, Lafayette Sheppard, was only in Petaluma for one year in 1888.

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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: Mrs. J. Todd + Husband

Date: 1888

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1991-X-49

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