Item: Virginia Norris [Mrs. William King Merritt] daguerreotype portrait, 1855

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Record Number: 6135
Box/Case: 1
Reproduction restrictions: None
Depicted: Norris, Virginia
Photographer: Tompkins, J. H.
Was donated by: Harrison, H. Norris
Date of Original: circa 1855
Original Format: Photographs › Daguerreotype
Dimensions: Dimensions of image, 7 by 8.3 cm
Dimensions of image, 2 3/4 by 3 9/32 in
Dimensions of case, 7.9 by 9.3 by 1.8 cm
Dimensions of case, 3 1/8 by 3 19/32 by 23/32 in
Inscription text: (pencil on paper): 16647 / Mrs [illegible] / 5. 4/4 vig-
Inscription location: Note on paper lining behind image package
Inscription text: (embossed on velvet): J. H. TOMPKINS / 204 / MAIN ST. BUFFALO. / DAGUERREOTYPIST
Inscription location: Embossed on case cushion
Inscription text: (typed on paper): Virginia Norris / (Mrs. Willaim [sic] King Merritt) / b. 24 May 1832 / d. 9 May 1855 / gift, Mrs. H. Norris Harrison, / 1968
Inscription location: Note adhered to front exterior of case
Image description: Image: 1/6 plate; Seated woman, with hair pulled back from her forehead, side hair in full ringlets covering the ears, wearing a white bonnet decorated with lace and ribbons, a white bodice with whitework collar, wide ruffled sleeves with slender undersleeves, a light colored skirt, a dark cloak, with a brooch at her throat, and a large beaded cross necklace, color applied to her cheeks. Preserver: Straight but more ornate (1850s). Mat: Oval with matte finish and simple embossed design (1850). Case: Leather-covered wood-frame embossed with a grapes and leaves design on both front and back, red velvet pinchpad, and red velvet cushion embossed with an eagle, scroll work, and the photographer's name and address (1850s).