Lewis Dowe’s Portrait Photograph of Clara Belle Ivancovich, c. 1877-1879
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): Clara Belle Ivancovich
Description: Cabinet card of Clara Belle Ivancovich sitting, with one arm resting against her face and the other holding the place of a book on a studio table. She is wearing a dress with ruffled cuffs and a lacy bow collar. Clara Belle, maiden name Sproul, married John Elliot Jewell, and later Dr. George Ivancovich.
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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: To JE Jewell. L. Dowe, Photographer, Petaluma, Cal.
Date: c. 1877-1879
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 2014-791-35
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