Unidentified Girl 1985-X-36

George Ross’ Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Girl, c. 1870-1878


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. 


Name(s): Unknown

Description: Cabinet card of a young unidentified girl sitting on a fringe studio chair. The girl's hair is parted down the middle and shaped into two curls. One hand rests on the arm of the chair and one leg dangles off the edge, She is wearing a white dress with lace detailing and a scalloped hemline, and striped socks with boots. Based on the appearance of the fringe chair, and the girl's clothing I would date this photo to the 1870's.

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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: -

Date: c. 1870-1878

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1985-X-36

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