Friday, July 18, 2008

Vernacular photo: Mrs. Frederick Bartlett Conway (Sarah Crocker)

When I first spotted this cabinet card at a local antique store, I knew I had found a treasure. It was taken by Gurney Studios of New York City and is a striking study of Sarah Crocker (Mrs. Frederick Bartlett Conway), American actress and theater manager of the mid-nineteenth century.

Sarah Crocker Conway, 1833-187... Digital ID: TH-04569. New York Public Library

Sarah Crocker was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, in approximately 1833; she died in Brooklyn, New York, in April 1875.


  1. Nice find, I would've bought it too. She is very beautiful.. and there's something about those type of photos that are haunting and gives me goosebumps!

  2. Beautiful. I wonder why she died so young.