Biographical NoteRose and Gabriel Franchère were French Canadians who came to California in 1849. Their son, William Gabriel, was born in North San Juan, in the gold country. Gabriel Franchère was the son of the author Gabriel Franchère (1786-1863) who wrote about his travels to the Northwest coast of North America, 1811-1814. <physfacet label="Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material">Accompanying note (in hand of Zelda Mackay): (537) The photographs in case are father (Gabriel), mother (Rose) & brother of Dr. Frederick E. Franchère. Father was a druggist, born in Canada, was French & from noted family and spoke half dozen languages. He came to S.F. in 1849. His wife drove overland in covered wagon to Calif. with her uncle & family when 19 yrs old and met her husband here in S.F. ... William Gabriel [was] born in North San Juan [Calif.] and died at age of 46 in Lake Crystal Minn. His mother was born in N.Y. Father Gabriel F. was also famous writer. Wrote books of his experiences in West....</physfacet>;;;<physfacet label="Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material">In case mold, LL of plinth: Henning and Eymann N.Y. [die makers].</physfacet>;;;<physfacet label="Container or Case Note">"Type: case. Motif: The Holy Family (Krainik no. 12). Material: black thermoplastic. Dimensions: 15.6 x 12.5 cm. Notes: probably Holmes, Booth and Haydens. Notes: double case with 2 images. Spine label - 537 (from prior owner). Design based on "Madonna della Sedia" by Raphael (1515)."</physfacet>;;;
Image 2: Portraits
Image 2: Ambrotypes
Image 2: [Left image: Rose Franchère.]
Image 2: Content/DescriptionRight reading full length seated portrait. Franchère is wearing a dark dress with lace sleeves and collar and a small bonnet.
Image 2: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: peak topped with Italianate motif with views of a castle, an archway and villa, and Minerva. Preserver: decorative.;;;Printed in case well: Holmes, Booth & Haydens' / Daguerreotype, / Photographic / and / Ambrotype Goods, / of every description.;;;
Image 2: ambrotype ; visible image 10.7 x 7.9 cm.
Image 2: BANC PIC 1905.16242:097a––CASE
Image 3: Ambrotypes
Image 3: Group portraits
Image 3: [Right image: Gabriel Franchère and son William Gabriel.]
Image 3: Content/DescriptionFull length portrait of Franchère seated in chair with his son standing at his side.
Image 3: Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass, preserver. Plate: clear glass with asphaltum backing. Mat: decorative oval. Preserver: decorative.;;;Printed in case well: Holmes, Booth & Haydens' / Daguerreotype, / Photographic / and / Ambrotype Goods, / of every description.;;;
Image 3: ambrotype ; visible image 11.5 x 8.7 cm.
Image 3: BANC PIC 1905.16242:097b––CASE
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