This is my maternal grandmother, Emma Virginia Bickerstaff. As far as I can tell, she had more studio portraits made than any other family member, on either side of my family, and they are wonderful portraits.
This one is presented three ways: as shown at left; as at left but with a large mat around it; and as a long oval with most of the background cut out. I like the oval best but appreciate seeing more of the chair and background in this one.
I think the chair is interesting with its spindles, ornate carving, and the open mouth of an animal on the arm. I wonder about the pillow behind her legs. Does it serve some particular purpose or is it an accidental touch? I can't tell what she's holding in her left but I think they may be flowers.
I don't know when this photo was taken. She was born in July, 1892. Could she be 8 or 10 in this photo? Could this have been a birthday portrait?
If you enlarge the photo (by clicking on it, then clicking again), you'll see that it's just slightly blurry - not noticed by the naked eye in the smaller versions but definitely obvious when enlarged digitally. The photographer was F. D. Blackburn of Steubenville, Ohio.
I invite you to visit Sepia Saturday and view others' old photographs and thoughts about them.