Elizabeth Blowers, Bangor, ca. 1850

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum

Elizabeth Blowers, Bangor, ca. 1850

Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.


John Martin (1823-1904) of Bangor drew an illustration of Elizabeth Blowers as she appeared in 1844. Blowers, also known as Elizabeth Sayward, was a friend of Clara Cary, the woman Martin married in 1850.

The illustration appears on page 187 of John Martin's "Journal" that he wrote beginning in 1864 about his life and experiences. He frequently included illustrations.

He wrote that Blowers is shown "In a Habit with no Bonnet & with high comb." Fashion -- for both men and women -- was one of Martin's interests.

Blowers may have been known as "Elizabeth Sayers" because she lived with John and Elizabeth Sayers, although their relationship is unclear.

View/Add Comments

About This Item

  • Title: Elizabeth Blowers, Bangor, ca. 1850
  • Creator: Martin, John
  • Creation Date: 1864
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Town: Bangor
  • County: Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 1972; 1997.16.4
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
207-774-1822 x230

Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.