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Title [Martha Jane Anderson, Grace Bowers, and Anna White in the North Family Sewing Room]
Place North Family, Mount Lebanon, NY
Catalog Number noc004075
Accession number 1950.4075.1
Object Name Photograph, Cabinet
Description Three North Family Sisters posing in the Eldress' sewing room. Eldress Anna White (1831-1910) and Sister Martha Jane Anderson (1844-1897) are seated and Sister Grace Bowers (1863-1905) is standing between them. The room has sewing tools and materials on work tables. Martha Anderson appears to be knitting. The photograph above Grace Bowers head appears to be a well known portrait of Elder Richard Bushnell. [In noc010778 it is easier to identify that the portrait is of Bushnell than it is in this print.] Through the door in the center of the image, a chair, hanging upside-down, apparently from peg rail, is one of the few images showing that the Shakers did, however occasionally, had chairs from pegs.
People Anderson, Martha Jane (1844-1897)
Bowers, Grace (1863-1905)
White, Anna (1831-1910)
Photographer James E. West
Provenance The photograph was presented to the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon by Mrs. Julia Clough in August, 1950. Julia Clough was the former Julia Matilda (Mintie) Dalton, who joined the Church Family at Mount Lebanon on July 11, 1876. She married Henry Terry Clough, also a Shaker.
The photograph once belonged to Henry Clough, an amateur photographer himself, and bears his hand-written monogram on the back of the card.
Collection Photography, Primary
Number of images 2
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1910