Bryan R. Johnson’s Portrait Photograph of Jennie Engle,
THE PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO:
Photographer: Bryan R. Johnson (b. c. 1834 New York State)
Active in Petaluma: c. 1863 - 1867
Biographical Note: B.R. Johnson worked as a daguerreotypist, ambrotypist and photographer in San Francesco, CA (c.1856-1857); Benicia, CA (1858); Oakland, CA (1860) and Petaluma, CA (c.1863-1867). In 1863 he established “Johnson’s Premium Pioneer Photographic Gallery” in Doyle’s Block Building on Main Street, Petaluma; in1864 he relocated his studio to Petaluma’s Phoenix Block and then back again to Doyle’s Block this time over the Morris Cigar Store. Johnson advertised himself as doing “First Class Work” and his studio as outfitted “in the most splendid style” featuring “the late improved frosted Lites, more generally used in the Eastern Cities.” In 1865 he studied the recent improvements in photography at the gallery of Mathew B. Brady in New York City and then returned to his Petaluma studio where he continued until at least 1867.
Bibliography: Palmquist, pgs. 325-326; Mautz, pg. 114.
Name(s): Jennie Engle
Description: CDV of a woman standing next to a studio prop chair wearing a hoop skirt, choker, and her hair pulled back
Biographical Note: Wife of Captain Engle
Bibliography: add, augment
Format / Size: carte de visite, size N/A
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: “Mrs. Jennie Engle wife of Capt. Engle”; Bryan Johnson’s stamp
Date: c. 1863-1867
Condition: (note tears, foxing, fading)
Owner: Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 1992-IDI-07-p12-p18
Reproduction rights: The Petaluma Museum Association makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to the digitized images here reproduced. These images are intended for personal or research use only. Any other kind of use, including, but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions including but not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the Association. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use.