Quarter Plate Daguerreotype Portrait of an Elegantly Dressed Young Woman, wearing and elaborate hairstyle, with tinted flowers on chair upholstery, in a black "Scroll" (Krainik 66) Union case, (minor scratches u.r., tarnish l.r.).
This portrait of (Anna) Miriam Bailey Easterly, dated August 1849, may be the earliest of the Easterly daguerreotypes in the collection. Easterly produced it nearly a year before his marriage to Miriam, in June 1850. It is unknown how Thomas and Miriam met, but it may have been through a sitting like this one.
She is wearing a dark apron (dark colors hid dirt) and carries a basket, indicating she is a working woman. She gives a little smile, unusual for 19th-century photographs. Although her bodice has buttons down the front, it probably closes using hooks and eyes.