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Object Name Ambrotype
Title Martha Frances Joiner [Mrs. Lloyd Walter Surghnor] (tentative)
Catalog Number 1998.008.00009
Description Sixth-plate ambrotype with area tinting; woman seated, facing camera, looking at camera, hair parted down the middle and pulled well back behind the ears and softly rounded out, cheeks possibly tinted pink, oval, off-the-shoulder neckline, wide, short sleeves, left elbow on table covered with a decorative cloth, table legs visible, left hand up by the head and the head leaning to the left and gently posed on the fingers, right hand holding the neck of a guitar at the top, headstock pointing to the right, body of the guitar resting in her lap, dress skirts ballooned out and tips of ladderback chair visible behind her shoulders; non-pareil gilt mat with edging, preserver is stamped with simple foliate pattern; obverse interior section of case lined in red felt pad with foliate design; case is leather-covered wood, both obverse and reverse exterior coverse embossed with foliate and geometric design; obverse and reverse case sections detached from each other; brass latch and eye in tact;

Medium Brass/Felt/Glass/Leather/Metal/Paint/Wood
Studio Unknown
Photographer Unknown
People Surghnor, Martha Frances Joiner [Mrs. Lloyd Walter] (tentative)
Joiner, Martha Frances (tentative)
Provenance Photograph tentatively identified as Martha Frances Joiner, posing with a guitar, circa 1856. She would marry Lloyd Walter Surghnor in 1857.
Search Terms Biloxi, Mississippi
Monroe, Louisiana
Montgomery, Texas
Nashville, North Carolina
Quachitah Parish, Louisiana
Subjects Ambrotypes
Cased photographs
Musical instruments
Photographic studios
Stringed instruments