Richard Reece Percival’s Portrait Photograph of Marcella “Ella” Whitney, 1869
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
Photographer: Richard Reece Percival, (b. 1835 England, d. 1917)
Active in Petaluma: 1865-1875
Biographical Note: Percival arrived into Petaluma in 1865 and took up residence at the American Hotel. He managed the “R. Percival’s Gallery Main Street, Petaluma, Cal” between 1865 and 1875.
Bibliography: Mautz, pg. 131.
Name(s): Marcella “Ella” Whitney
Description: Carte de visite of Marcella (Ella) Whitney sitting. The sepia tone denotes albumen processing on paper. Whitney wears and patterned dress with a scooped neckline.
Biographical Note: Marcella (Ella) Whitney was born April 23rd 1866 to Senator Albion P. Whitney and Susan Eastman. Her sibling include; Calvin E., Cleora, Nancy Jane, Arthur L., Leona, Albion, and Clara. Marcella married C. B. Wheaton of Alameda
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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: Marcella Whitney Born Apr. 23 1866. R. Percival’s Gallery, Main Street, Petaluma, Cal. Ella Whitney year old Apr. 69. Negatives preserved.
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-07
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