Unidentified Girls 1994-633-04

Lafayette Sheppard’s Portrait Photograph of Unidentified Girls, 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): Unknown

Description: Cabinet card of two young unidentified girls. The girls are sitting on a fake studio prop rock. They are both wearing almost Asian-inspired coats and hats. The younger girl's outfit is white, while the older girl's jacket is darker with floral patterns, and what appears to be velvet around the cuffs and collar. 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

Date: 1888

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1994-633-04

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