Whitney, Clara 1981-835-09

Lewis Dowe’s Portrait Photograph of Clara Whitney, c. 1877-1880 

THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:

Photographer: Lewis Dowe (b. 1838, New Hampshire)

Active in Petaluma: 1877-1880

Biographical Note: Dowe worked in Petaluma as both a “view” and portrait photographer.  After leaving Petaluma he worked in San Francisco, operated as a traveling photographer and by 1904, was working to repair musical instruments.

Bibliography: Mautz, pg. 95.

THE SITTER(s):

Name(s): Clara Whitney

Description: Carte de visite of a young Clara Whitney sitting. Whitney wears a dark blouse with large white buttons on the chest and a white lace bib. She is leaning against a fringed studio prop chair. The fringe studio chair, and Dowe's duration in Petaluma date this photo between 1877-1880.

Biographical Note: Clara Whitney was born in Petaluma to Senator Albion P. Whitney and Susan Eastman. Her siblings include; Calvin E., Cleora, Nancy Jane, Arthur L., Leona, Marcella, and Albion.

Family Affiliation:

Bibliography: add, augment

THE PHOTOGRAPH:

Format / Size:  carte de visite, approximately 6.25 x 10.5 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: Clara Whitney; L. Dowe, Photographer, Petaluma, Cal.

Date: c. 1877-1880

Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)

Owner:  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-09

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