CDV studio portrait of a young African American woman in a fine dress. Uncredited, circa 1865. Verso with manuscript inscription "Miss Lyons / With Miss Abbott's compliments."
From an album with the CDV portraits of Anderson Ruffin Abbott (see Lot 8) and the subject is almost certainly his wife Mary Ann Casey (1855-1931), the 18-year-old daughter of a successful Black barber. They married in an Anglican ceremony in Toronto on August 9, 1871 when Anderson was at medical school. Together they would have three daughters and two sons.
Small water stain lower right corner and ink spot at top edge. Right edge slightly trimmed.
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