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Title [The Butler's house and party]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 30, 1893
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Group photo of men, women, and children in front of a house in Lake George, New York; the house is surrounded by trees. The three men, eight women, and five children are posed around a hammock. One of the children sits in a toy wagon, next to a dog sleeping on the ground. In the background, a boy sits on the porch roof. Trude Eccleston is standing fourth from left. Inscription on the negative sleeve: "No. 638 / The Butler's House and / Party / Wednesday / Aug. 30, 1893 / Lake George."
(Keywords: Posed Group, New York, Adirondacks)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History "The Butlers" identified in the inscription are likely the family of Alice Austen's friends Alice (Butler) Parmele and Mary (Butler) Alburger. Alice Parmele is seated in the center of the group (behind the hammock, wearing a light color cap and jacket). Others in the group have not been identified, but perhaps the older man and woman at right are Alice and Mary's parents, Henry L. and Mary (Stryker) Butler.
Earliest Date 1893
Latest Date 1893
Subjects Group portraits
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Parmele, Alice (Butler)
Butler, Henry L.
Butler, Mary (Stryker)
Catalog Number 50.015.5455
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2017.
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