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Belle of California.
Printer:Printed by Elijah Chapman Kellogg , American, 1811 - 1881
Publisher:Published by Elijah Chapman Kellogg , American, 1811 - 1881
Publisher:Published by Ensign, Thayer & Co. , American, 1850 - 1852
Lithography; printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 11 1/2 x 8 1/4in. (29.2 x 21cm) Sheet (height x width): 14 x 9 15/16in. (35.6 x 25.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Samuel St. John Morgan
Description: Three-quarter-length portrait of a woman wearing a laced bodice over a long-sleeved dress with a wide neckline and a gathered skirt, bodice, and sleeves. The bodice is trimmed with braid and tassels. A bow is tied at the bottom of the bodice, and a large loop of what appears to the same material, is tied below the waist like a girdle. The woman's jewelry included brooches, which are pinned to the sleeves and the center of the neckline, and pendant earrings. Many small flowers are pinned at both sides of her hair.
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "BELLE OF CALIFORNIA. / 479." Lower left, in black ink, " James [illegible surname: Shannon?}". Lower right, in black ink, "Chicopee Mass. Feb. 1856". On verso, upper left, in red ink, "787". Center, in black ink, "May the angels guard you / My Darling, with distinguished care / and every Blessing may you always / Share in flowry [sic] paths may you / Always thread [sic] by fortune / favoured and virtue led. / James [illegible surname: Shannon?] / Chicopee Massachusetts / America 1854". In pencil: center left, "B# 112"; lower left, "Print / Box 6 / #50"; lower right, "consv CPS 1987" "Dwr 34" and accession number.
Object Number: 1950.202.160
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