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Title Group of bathers at Boathouse
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date July 16, 1891
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A group of men, women, and children in bathing suits stand and sit around a rowboat on the porch of a boathouse. In the foreground a young girl sits on the floor next to a dog. Julia (Marsh) Lord sits in a chair in front center, resting her left arm on the boat. Violet Ward is seated at left, directly behind the dog; Violet's sister Caroline is seated at right, next to the boat (her face is seen in profile, facing the left side of the image). The man standing in back center is William Allaire Shortt. The young girl seated in the center (between Julia and Caroline) appears to be the same person identified as Laura LeQuesne in Austen photograph 50.015.5557. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "Stanley / 35 / No. 142 / Group of bathers at Boathouse / Fine day, in shade / 12.30 P.M / 14 ft / W.L. / Thursday July 16th / 1891."
(Keywords: New York)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This is most likely the boathouse of the Clifton Boat Club, which was located on the Staten Island shoreline just north of the Austen house.
Earliest Date 1891
Latest Date 1891
Subjects Boat clubs
Bathing suits
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Ward, Maria E.
Ward, Caroline Constantia
Lord, Julia (Marsh)
Shortt, William Allaire
Catalog Number 50.015.5555
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, July 2017.
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