In Ten years in Oregon (Ithaca, 1848), frontispiece., Born in Tioga County, New York, Sarepta (or Serepta) White accompanied her husband Elijah White to Oregon in 1836, after the Board of Missions of the New England Conference of the Methodist Church appointed him the physician to the Willamette Valley, Oregon. During their time in Oregon, both their son and their adopted son drowned. Later in life she practiced medicine in San Francisco., Waist-length of the wife of physician-missionary, next to her husband.
In The lovely sisters, Margaret and Henrietta (Hartford, 1846), frontispiece., Waist-length portraits of Margaret Flower in bed, with her sister Henrietta and their parents Ebenezer and Anne Granger Flower at her bedside.
In Tragic almanac 1843 (New York, 1842), p. ., According to the accompanying article, Thomas Topping beat his wife Elizabeth for five hours before she died. He also threatened to kill Catharine Kelly, who was in the room, if she made any effort to sound an alarm., Probably fictitious characters., Full-length portrait of the victim on the ground with her left hand raised to avert a blow; a woman lies in a bed in the background.
In Tragic almanac 1843 (New York, 1842), p. ., According to the accompanying article, James Adams, a street sweeper, quarreled with a servant girl named Ann Gorman. “During the dispute he seized a plate ... and threw it at the girl’s head, when his wife expostulated with him.” He killed his wife after she threatened to call an officer., Probably fictitious characters.
In Serious almanac, 1845 & '46 (New York, 1845), p. ., According to the accompanying article, Julian Gardner answered the door when her husband was not at home. A black man wielding a lighted torch pushed his way in and “with one blow split open the head of Mrs. G. with an axe.”, Probably a fictitious character., The same image appears in Tragic almanac. 18-46 (1845), p. .
In the Weekly herald, vol. 9, no. 25 (June 29, 1844), p. 203., Another portrait by another artist appears on the same page; see also the Weekly herald, vol. 9, no. 2 (Jan. 13, 1844), p. 9, for an earlier publication of this portrait., Waist-length portrait of the accused murderess wearing a bonnet.
In Agnes C. Wirt (New York, 1842), title page vignette., Another portrait, on the first page of text, depicts the young woman seated across from her father, U.S. Attorney General William Wirt., Full-length portrait of the young woman seated in a chair.
In Memoir of Margaret Ann Walton (New York, 1842), title page vignette., Another portrait, on the first page of text, depicts the girl seated with her mother., Full-length portrait of the young girl, kneeling in prayer with a black girl, with an open book on a stool between them.
In Serious almanac, 1845 & '46 (New York, 1845), p. ., According to the accompanying article, Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Sweeney “were part of a drunken Irish family, and had been intoxicated and quarrelling for several days.”, Probably a fictitious character., Full-length portrait of a woman wielding a knife over a man on the ground; a bottle is on a table in the background; and an overturned drink glass is on the ground in the foreground.
In The Tragic almanac (New York, 1849), p. ., According to the accompanying article, Mrs. Colton shot Mr. Corlis after having had “illicit intercourse” with him., Probably a fictitious character., Full-length portrait of the murderer standing on a sidewalk, firing a pistol at the victim.
In Brooke, H.K. Tragedies on the land (Philadelphia, 1845), p. 35., Mrs. Mary Warner, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, allowed four men to enter her house on May 22, 1824. They had asked to see a member of her household, William Bonsall, who also lived there with his wife and child. After the men choked and stabbed William Bonsall, they threatened Mrs. Warner, and stole Bonsall’s property., Full-length figure of a woman holding a candlestick and staring at a seated man being assaulted by two men; two other men stand behind her.
In Brooke, H.K. Tragedies on the land (Philadelphia, 1845), p. 129., Ursula Newman, of New York City, was shot on November 20, 1828, by her common-law husband Richard Johnson, in the presence of her three children (her daughter Rachel and two sons). Johnson had just learned that the landlord had taken the equipment from his home printing office for back rent. That very day, he had returned from Genesee County, where he had picked up the infant that had been born to Mrs. Newman (at the home of the brother of her previous husband in August 1827)., Full-length figure of a woman with her right arm raised above her head as she collapses on a sofa; she is being shot by a man standing near her; two boys run toward the door, and a young woman standing near the door stares with her mouth open and her hands clasped near her chest.
In Brooke, H.K. Tragedies on the land (Philadelphia, 1845), p. 149., On November 21, 1828, after a disagreement at their home in Philadelphia, Michael M’Garvey whipped his wife. She died one or two days later., Full-length portrait of a woman, kneeling with her hair tied to a bedpost; a man stands nearby with a whip raised above his head ready to strike her; another woman stares at them from behind an open door.
In Trial of Mrs. Margaret Howard, for the murder of Miss Mary Ellen Smith (Cincinnati, 1849), p. ., Mary Ellen Smith was stabbed to death by her lover’s wife., Bust-length portrait of the murder victim, wearing a bonnet.
Full-length portrait of Miss Anna Walters in a tutu dancing en pointe., In Alexander’s express messenger (Apr. 17, 1844), p. ., “Miss Walters, one of Philadelphia’s favorite ballerinas, had made her debut at the Walnut a few days earlier, in a solo called Il Pirule Vetteramo, ‘never dancing in this city before’ -- and never again, insofar as we have been able to discover! According to Charles Durang, ‘Miss Walters really displayed infinite grace and immense agility. Her style was the French operatic (i.e., the classical ballet). She had great natural powers for the art but we should judge had never been regularly taught and trained in that graceful school. Her performances were crude at times and quite unfinished, showing that her acquirements were through aptness and tact for imitation. Miss Walters, however, pleased, and that nowadays is quite enough.’” -- Moore, Lillian. George Washington Smith (1945)., “As she appeared in the trial dance from the Bayadere, on her benefit night, at the Walnut Street Theatre, on Tuesday evening, April 9 1844”.
In The afflicted and deserted wife, or, Singular and surprising adventures of Mrs. Ellen Stephens (New York, 1842), title vignette., Almira Paul is probably a fictitious character., Full-length portrait of the woman, wearing a sailor suit and a top hat; a steamboat is visible on the horizon behind her.
Full-length portrait of Mrs. Gaines wearing a lace shawl over a floor-length dress. Mrs. Gaines, holding a handkerchief in her left hand and wearing her hair in an up do with ringlets, stands on an outdoor balcony in front of a natural setting., In The Columbian lady’s and gentleman’s magazine, vol. 9, no. 10 (October, 1848), plate preceding p. 433., Mrs. Myra Clark Gaines, the celebrated litigant, was the daughter of Zulime Carriere and the wealthy Daniel Clark, who may or may not have ever legally married. Clark, who died in 1813 never having acknowledged Myra as his child, acquired his fortune in New Orleans as a real estate speculator. Mrs. Gaines was raised by Samuel Boyer Davis, a friend of Clark’s, and only discovered her true parentage in 1830. Four years later she began what was to become a 57-year lawsuit to recover four-fifths of her father’s estate, an inheritance to which she was entitled based solely on a missing will., Other portraits appear in: The Columbian lady’s and gentleman’s magazine, vol. 9, no. 5 (May, 1848), plate preceding p. 193; The Ladies wreath (1851), p. .
In Tragic almanac 1843 (New York, 1842), p. ., According to the accompanying article, Miss Hamlin (aka Miss Goodrich) killed Mr. Ewing in a theater in Mobile, Alabama, on March 25, 1842. “She eluded all pursuit and was not heard of till some months afterward when she was seen in male attire in one of the West India islands.”, Probably a fictitious character., Full-length portrait of the actress, in costume, attacking her actor husband with a knife.
In The American book of beauty, or, Token of friendship (Hartford, 1847?]. plate preceding p. ., Full-length portrait of Miss Ketchum (of Boston), standing holding a small dog against her chest with her right arm and a handkerchief in her left hand., Fictitious person? Sitter identified as the singer/actress Mrs. Charles Martyn (i.e., Elizabeth Inverarity Martyn) on a plate published by Longman & Co., 1 October 1840. Cf. National Portrait Gallery, London. http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw80781/Elizabeth-Ma
In Ellet, E. F. The women of the American revolution (New York, 1848) v.1, plate opposite p. 332., Facsimile signature: S Bache., Bust-length portrait of Mrs. Bache, wearing a bonnet., Another portraits appears in: Jones, A.D. The American portrait gallery (New York, 1855), p. .
In: Comfield, A.S. Alida, or, Miscellaneous sketches (New York, 1849), frontispiece., “Optimum vitae genus eligito nam consuetudo faciet jucundissimum.”, Amelia Stratton Comfield was the wife of John F. (or John L.?) Comfield., Waist-length portrait of the writer wearing a short-sleeved dress; based on oil painting by David Rogers., For image of painting of Mrs. Comfield, press link below.
In Trial of Mrs. Margaret Howard, for the murder of Miss Mary Ellen Smith (Cincinnati, 1849), title vignette., Mrs. Margaret Howard was tried for stabbing her husband’s mistress to death; she was acquitted on grounds of insanity., Bust-length portrait of the murderess, wearing a bonnet or head scarf.
In Graham's Magazine 33 (August, 1848), frontispiece., Facsimile signatures: Your obedient servant, Maria Brooks., Waist-length portrait of writer Maria Brooks, wearing a cross on a ribbon around her neck.
In Heath’s Book of beauty (London, 1840), plate opposite p. ; the accompanying text is a poem “To Madame Van de Weyer : written on her wedding-day.”, In 1839, Elizabeth Anne Sturgis Bates married Sylvain Van de Weyer (1802-1874), who served as the Belgian Ambassador in London, 1831-1867., Knee-length portrait of the Massachusetts native, possibly wearing her wedding dress.
In Serious almanac, 1845-’46 (1845), p. ., James Bishop was hanged on March 17, 1843, in Essex County, New York., Full-length portraits of the four figures in a bedroom., This image also appears in Confessions, trials, and biographical sketches of the most cold-blooded murderers (Hartford, 1854), p. 417, and the later edition of this work, The trail of blood (New York, 1860), p. 417.
Waist-length portrait of Shakoka, seated, wearing beaded necklaces and earrings. Her untied grey hair features prominently in the portrait., In Prichard, James Cowles. The natural history of man (London, 1843), plate following p. 402., "Dr. Prichard’s Natural History of Man”., The distinctive physical features of the Mandan Indians - such as the prevalence of grey hair and variety of skin tones within the tribe - led Dr. James Prichard to include several of George Catlin’s portraits of Mandan Indians in his own anthropological works.
In Nichols, R.S. Bernice, or, The curse of Minna (Cincinnati, 1844), frontispiece., Facsimile signature: R.S. Nichols., Waist-length portrait of the writer, wearing lace gloves., Another portrait appears in Nichols, R.S. Songs of the Heart and the Hearth-Stone (1851), frontispiece.
In Mayo, S.C.E. Selections from the writings of Mrs. Sarah C. Edgarton Mayo (Boston, 1849), frontispiece., Facsimile signature: Yours affectionately Sarah C. Edgarton., Bust-length portrait of the writer.
In Serious almanac, 1845-’46 (1845), p. ., Mrs. Bacon was killed in her home in Middletown, Connecticut, one Sunday while her family was at church; cf. McDade. Annals of murder., The same image appears in Tragic almanac. 18-46 (1845), p. ; in Confessions, trials, and biographical sketches of the most cold-blooded murderers (Hartford, 1854), p. 418, and the later edition of this work, The trail of blood (New York, 1860), p. 418.
Full-length portrait of Miss McCrea in an outdoor setting with two Indian men. She flails her arms while one man holds her and the other wields a tomahawk., In the Pictorial national library, vol. 2 (Mar., 1849), p. 129., Miss Jane McCrea was engaged to David Jones, a British general, during the Revolutionary War and while traveling to visit him she was taken captive by Indians and killed. Accounts of her death furthered anti-Loyalist sentiment in the Colonies., Another portrait appears in: Wilson, D. The life of Jane McCrea (1853), p. .
Emily Haven was also known as Alice Lee, Alice Haven, Alice Neal, Cousin Alice, and Clara Cushman., In Godey's Lady's book 39 (December 1849), frontispiece., Three-quarter length portrait of the writer, seated.
In Green, F. H. Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (Providence, 1840), frontispiece., Eldridge, of mixed African and Native American heritage, established herself as a successful businesswoman who worked in numerous trades, successfully defended her brother in a lawsuit against him, and became a landowner and homeowner., "Elleanor now, with her sister, entered into a miscellaneous business, of weaving, spinning, going out as nurse, washer, &c.--in all of which departments she gave entire satisfaction: and in no single instance, I believe, has failed to make her employers friends. She also, with her sister, entered considerably into the soap boiling business. Of this article they every year made large quantities, which they brought to the Providence market, together with such other articles as they wished to dispose of, or as were, with suitable commissions, supplied by their neighbors. By this time the earnings of Elleanor had amounted to a sum sufficient to purchase a lot and build a small house, which she rented for forty dollars a year."--P.63., Waist-length portrait of Eldridge, holding a broom.
In The American book of beauty, or, Token of friendship (Hartford, 1847?), plate following p. ., Another portrait appears in: Family circle, and parlor annual, 1849 (New York, 1848), plate following p. 148., Three-quarter portrait of Miss Escars, seated holding handkerchief and spray of flowers in her lap., Fictitious person? Original sitter identified as the English photographer Catherine Curtis Verschoyle; cf. Heath's Book of beauty, 1839; and Taylor & Schaaf. Impressed by light: British photographs from paper negatives, 1840–1860 (2007).
In Winslow, M. Memoir of Mrs. Harriet L. Winslow (New York, 1840), frontispiece., Facsimile signature: Very affec. Your Harriet., Waist-length portrait of the woman missionary, with arabesque decoration on sleeve of garment., Another portrait appears in: American missionary memorial (New York, 1853), p. 184.
Waist-length portrait of Mrs. Taylor wearing a dress over a lace undergarment and holding a letter in one hand. Landscape scene visible through a window., In Lot, Jones. Memoir of Mrs. Sarah Louisa Taylor. 4th ed. (New York, 1846), frontispiece.
In Stark, C. The remarkable narrative of Cordelia Krats, or, The female wanderer (Boston, 1846), p. ., "[See Page 9.]", Full-length portrait of the author, possibly a fictitious character, wearing a full suit and a cap, and holding a cane.
In Diadem for MDCCCXLVII (Philadelphia, 1847), plate opposite p. 60., Sitter identified as Sarah Annis Sully, the wife of Thomas Sully, on the basis of a portrait by Thomas Sully; the painting is now located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art., Waist-length portrait of Mrs. Sully wearing a cap; her left hand rests near her throat.
In Andrews, C.W. Memoir of Mrs. Anne R. Page (Philadelphia, 1844), frontispiece., Anne Page was an active proponent of emancipation. Although she was not able to free the slaves on her Virginia estate, she devoted time to their education and care., Waist-length portrait of Mrs. Page, wearing a bonnet, with eyeglasses propped on top of her head.
Waist-length portrait of the singer, seated., In Phrenological and physiological almanac for 1848, (New York, 1847), p. 39., Mrs. Abby Hutchinson Patton sang with her siblings as contralto for the Hutchinson Family Singers, a popular antebellum musical group. The Hutchinsons were supporters of numerous reform issues, abolitionism in particular. Cf. Gac, Scott. Singing for freedom (New Haven, 2007)., Another portrait (with three other family members) appears in the People's journal, vol. 1, no. 17 (Apr. 25, 1846), p. 225.
In Garrison, E.W. Memoir of Mrs. Rebekah P. Pinkham (Portland, Me., 1840), frontispiece., Facsimile signature: R.P. Pinkham., Mrs. Pinkham was the wife of the Rev. Ebenezer Pinkham., Waist-length portrait of Mrs. Pinkham, wearing bonnet.
In Godey's Lady's book 32 (January, 1846), frontispiece., Waist-length portrait of the writer, seated holding a portfolio labeled Sketches., The original painting, by Thomas Sully, is now located in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
Bust-length portrait of the criminal., In Sampson, M. B. Rationale of crime and its appropriate treatment; being a treatise on criminal jurisprudence considered in relation to cerebral organization. Edited by Eliza W. Farnham (Philadelphia, 1846), p. 162., “My acknowledgements are due to the officers of the Penitentiary on Blackwell’s Island for their politeness in furnishing me with facilities for taking the daguerreotypes, and to Mr. L. N. Fowler for aiding me in the selection of cases; nor must I omit to name Mr. Edward Serrell, who was obliging enough to take the outline drawings for me; or Mr. Brady, to whose indefatigable patience with a class of the most difficult of all sitters, is due the advantage of a very accurate set of daguerreotypes.” -- Introductory preface by Mrs. Farnham, p. xx., “L.W. is a criminal who has long been notorious in New York for her depravity and abandonment of character. She has been under arrest innumerable times, and when not in prison leads a most profligate and shameless life. She is obstinate but kind withal, and very impulsive and ardent in all her emotions. Her temperament is sanguine-nervous, highly excitable, and unrestrained. In her head benevolence is well developed, but the whole moral region beside is exceedingly small. The drawing indicates extreme narrowness and smallness of the whole coronal region.”--P. 162.
Bust-length portrait of the criminal, in profile., In Sampson, M. B. Rationale of crime and its appropriate treatment; being a treatise on criminal jurisprudence considered in relation to cerebral organization. Edited by Eliza W. Farnham (Philadelphia, 1846), p. 166., “My acknowledgements are due to the officers of the Penitentiary on Blackwell’s Island for their politeness in furnishing me with facilities for taking the daguerreotypes, and to Mr. L. N. Fowler for aiding me in the selection of cases; nor must I omit to name Mr. Edward Serrell, who was obliging enough to take the outline drawings for me; or Mr. Brady, to whose indefatigable patience with a class of the most difficult of all sitters, is due the advantage of a very accurate set of daguerreotypes.” -- Introductory preface by Mrs. Farnham, p. xx., “C.G. is a German woman, noted for her obliging, submissive disposition and the kindness of her feelings ; but exceedingly wanting in self-respect and regard for the rights of others. She is now under imprisonment for larceny. The head shows large benevolence, with exceedingly deficient conscientiousness, self-esteem, and firmness.”--P. 166.