Francis Henry Grice Library of Congress Daguerreotype 1522, ca1844, Proposed to Depict Bathsheba Wilson Bigler Smith

The image on the left is cropped from LOC Grice Collection Daguerreotype 1522. [Unidentified woman, seated three-quarter-length portrait, facing front] ( The image in the right is cropped from LOC Grice Collection Daguerreotype 1383. [Unidentified man and woman, full-length portrait, seated] (

Bathsheba Smith was 22 years-old in 1844. She studied painting under Nauvoo portraitist William Major. “…Bathsheba found great satisfaction in providing for them. Her letters and autobiography are filled with descriptions of the shirts, carpets, curtains, cushions, soaps, rugs, caps, pillowcases, sheets, comforters, bonnets, stockings, diapers, candles, dresses, aprons, and so forth, that she made to make her family comfortable, not to mention the animals she tended, the gardens she kept, and the sick she visited. She once wrote that she had “done all we could to encourage home manufactory.” Relief Society General President ( Grice image 1522 depicts her pride in her industry.
The “F Grice” is only faintly debossed on the brass surround. The ring appears to have been hand colored in gold.

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