Elizabeth Graff Murphey daguerreotype, 1858

Permanent ID:
circa 1858
Image Description:
Image: 1/6 plate; Woman wearing a dark silk moiré gown, probably black, buttoned down the front, with wide belled sleeves trimmed with velvet ribbonand sheer white flared undersleeves and wide whitework collar; she wears a brooch at her throat and a chain at her waist, with her center parted hair in ringlets that cover her ears; color applied to her cheeks, chin and lips. Preserver: Straight, narrow, embossed with simple pattern (after 1850). Mat: Oval with matte finish and simple embossed design (1850). Case: Leather-covered wood-frame embossed with a common "Thistle Motif" design [Plate 119 page 115 of "American Miniature Case Art" by Floyd and Marion Rinhart (Cranbury, New Jersey: A. S. Barnes and Co., Inc., 1969)] on both sides, with gilded patterned trim on both exterior and interior, with a red velvet pinchpad, and a red velvet cushion embossed with a geometric design (ca.1850).
(embossed): McCLEES & GERMON / PHILA (Mat)

(ink on paper): Elizabeth Graff Murphey / married Isaac Townsend [recto]; (ink on paper): #200 [verso] (Enclosed item)
Width: 6.9 cm, Height: 8.2 cm (image)
Width: 2 23/32 in, Height: 3 1/4 in (image)
Width: 8 cm, Height: 9.3 cm, Depth: 1.8 cm (case)
Width: 3 1/8 in, Height: 3 19/32 in, Depth: 3/4 in (case)
Historical Society of Pennsylvania cased photographs collection
Related People or Organizations:
Townsend, Isaac (relates to)
Murphey, Elizabeth Graff (depicted)
McClees & Germon (photographer)
Library of Congress Subjects:
Ambrotype [sh85004169]
Portrait photography--United States [sh2010107725]
Photographers--United States [sh93000984]
Photographers--Marketing [sh87001204]