Lafayette Sheppard’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Children, 1888
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
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.
Description: Cabinet card of 2 boys, and 2 girls--all unidentified. The card has beveled edges. The girls appear to be wearing identical dresses with white bows at the neck. The older, standing boy has on a suit, while the other has on child's clothes. 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: N/A
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1978-80-20
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