George Ross’ Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Couple, c. 1880s
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: Cabinet card of an unidentified couple in an semi-oval frame. The man sits in a fringe studio chair wearing a three-piece suit with only the tope button fastened, and a bow tie. The woman stands next to him with one hand on the man's shoulders. She is wearing a corseted, bustled dress with a dark jackets. She has an elaborate white lace collar adorned with flowers and a chain hanging from her jacket. The couple's fashions date this photo to the 1880s.
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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
Date: c. 1880s
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1978-666-32
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