Daguerreotype of Sarah Sullivan Richards, Gardiner, ca. 1850

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Sarah Richards was the daughter of Francis and Anne Gardiner Richards, members of two of Gardiner’s most prominent families. Tragedy struck these families on September 4, 1855, when fifteen year old Sarah Richards drowned while swimming in the Kennebec River at Swan Island opposite Richmond. This daguerreotype of young Sarah were preserved in the Richards family until it was given to the Vickery-Shettleworth Collection in 2008.

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About This Item

  • Title: Daguerreotype of Sarah Sullivan Richards, Gardiner, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Town: Gardiner
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Daguerreotype
  • Dimensions: 10.8 cm x 14 cm
  • Local Code: 2008.282.013
  • Collection: Vickery-Shettleworth collection of early Maine photography
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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