This cabinet card portrait features a pretty young mother and her small child. Both of the subjects are dressed in winter clothing. Mom is wearing a coat with a fur collar and fur sleeve cuffs. Both mother and child are bright eyed and seem to be relaxed and playful with the process of being photographed. The photographer of this image is C. A. Millard of Detroit, Michigan. To view more of his photographs and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Millard”.
This bust portrait of an attractive short haired young woman is the product of the Millard studio in Detroit, Michigan. The woman is wearing a lace collared dress and earrings. She has magnificent deep hypnotizing eyes. C. A. Millard is mentioned in The Industries of Detroit (1887) as being the proprietor of the oldest photographic studio in Detroit. It is reported that he bought out a Mr. Powelson in 1879 and at the time of the books publication, Millard employed ten to fifteen artists in his studio. An interesting side note concerns Millard’s death in 1891. Frank Scott Clark (1865-1937), a noted backdrop painter, came to Detroit in 1892 to manage Millard’s studio for Millard’s estate. Among his accomplishments, Clark was an extremely talented photographic background specialist. In fact, during his career, he created, made, and set up backgrounds for both Napoleon Sarony and Jose Maria Mora. Not too shabby a resume for Mr Clark.