Lewis Dowe’s Portrait Photograph of Susan 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.
Name(s): Susan Whitney
Description: Cabinet card of Susan Whitney. Whitney's hair is pulled back and she is wearing a crown, and dangling earrings. She has a large frilly lace collar that is secured with a pin at the base of her neck. Whitney's elaborate collar, and Dowe's duration in Petaluma date this photo between 1877-1880.
Biographical Note: Susan Whitney, maiden name Eastman, was the wife of Senator Albion P. Henry. Her children include; Calvin, Cleora, Nancy Jane, Arthur, Leona, Marcella, Albion, and Clara.
Bibliography: add, augment
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: Susan Whitney
Date: c. 1877-1880
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1981-835-32
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