A Francis Henry Grice August 23, 1844, Portrait Proposed to Depict Phebe Carter Woodruff, Wife of Wilford Woodruff

August 23, 1844 ~ Friday

23rd [FIGURE] Mrs Woodruff and myself visited Br
and Sister Stodard and Br and Sister Foster and
obtained our miniatures by the ingennuety of Br Foster at the apparatus of his Darroutype [daguerreotype] we both obtained a good likeness.” Page 320 of Journal (January 1, 1843 – December 31, 1844) | Wilford Woodruff Papers, Please also see: William Woodruff or Yet Another Nauvoo Francis Grice Doppelganger? – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com)

The left image is cropped from Phebe Woodruff, Mar 8, 1849, Boston, Massachusetts | Wilford Woodruff Papers and represents an interesting intersection of the history of the Mormons and the history of Daguerreotypy. It was taken in the Boston Studio of John Plumbe, Jr., by one of his trainees, Marsena Cannon. (Plumbe’s Studio in Boston was the place where Jonathan Walker’s branded right hand was imaged in 1846: MHS Collections Online: The branded hand of Captain Jonathan Walker (masshist.org) The right image is cropped from the Grice Collection [Unidentified woman, seated half-length portrait, facing front] | Library of Congress (loc.gov) and is image #1515. This sixth-plate image is in an ornate Rinhart Case 96 with a decorated brass surround. Francis Grice learned Daguerrotypy from his cousin Robert Douglass, Jr., who studied under the famed portraitist Thomas Sully at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Douglass learned Daguerreotypy from Daguerre in Paris in 1839. (see: Francis Henry Grice’s Daguerrean Views – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com)) Obviously, Grice’s Portrait of Phoebe Woodruff is far superior to Cannon’s both artistically and technically.
[Unidentified woman, seated half-length portrait, facing front] | Library of Congress (loc.gov)
Phoebe’s mother was Sarah Fabyan Carter (1775-1845). Pheobe’s maternal grantfather was Joshua Fabyan (1742-1799). Geneva, Illinois, readers would recognize the name of Colonel George Fabyan. The Colonel’s great-grandfather was also Joshua Fabyan (1742-1799) of Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine, United States of America.

For additional information about the Grice Daguerreotypes in the Library of Congress, please see: 1) All Twenty-Five Men in the Library of Congress Francis Henry Grice Daguerreotype Collection with Their Identities as Proposed by RBN, Details Elsewhere on this site – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com); and 2) Francis Henry Grice’s Daguerrean Views – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com)

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