Young Ida Cox wearing Spotted Dress and Fingerless Gloves; c. 1856; 2012.00.136


The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College


Young Ida Cox wearing Spotted Dress and Fingerless Gloves

About this object

Ambrotype. Thermoplastic case has an fireman motif (The Fireman’s Duty). This motif includes a firefighter carrying a small child down the stairs on the bottom left corner, four fire fighters carry a hose (or ladder). The central design is a protruding shape that symbolizes fire. A fireman stands in the crook of this design on the top left. On the right of the case, bulbous like circles surround house frames. The case inside has brown velvet with a leaf motif. The preserver is thin with florets on the corners. The mat frames the daguerreotype in an oval. The oval has decorated with triangles trim. The rest of the mat is highly decorated with leafs and flowers. The ambrotype is of a young Ida Cox. She stands in a black dress that hangs over the shoulder. She wears fingerless gloves and a necklace. The background of this ambrotype has an architectural column on the left.

Date Made

c. 1856

Medium and Materials

photographic negative


3.75" x 3.375"


Donated by Sarah Ellmaker McIlvaine Muench, John Benjamin McIlvaine and Alice Fordney McIlvaine Gibbons in memory of their family ancestry

Credit Line

Bequest of Sarah Ellmaker McIlvaine Muench

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