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Shew, William J. 1820-1903

Works: 64 works in 66 publications in 1 language and 194 library holdings
Genres: History  Portraits  Pictorial works  Photographs  Archives  Biography 
Roles: Photographer, Author
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Most widely held works about William J Shew
Most widely held works by William J Shew
Beyond the Mississippi : from the great river to the great ocean : life and adventure on the prairies, mountains, and Pacific Coast, 1857-1867 : with more than two hundred illustrations, from photographs and original sketches, of the prairies, deserts, mountains, rivers, mines, cities, Indians, trappers, pioneers, and great natural curiosities of the new states and territories by Albert D Richardson( Book )

3 editions published between 1867 and 1869 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As introduced by the author: "I have sought to picture a fleeting phase of our national life; not omitting its grotesque, lawless features; not concealing my admiration for the adventurous pioneers who have founded great States from the Mississippi t the Pacific, and made a new geography for the American Union."
William Bowers Bourn family photographs( Visual )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs include views of the Empire Mine (Calif.), numerous Bourn residences including Filoli, the cottage at the Empire Mine (Grass Valley), San Francisco homes, Madrono (Napa Valley), Live Oak Cottage (Applegate, Calif.), Sky Farm (San Mateo) and Muckross (Ireland). Views in Napa County, Calif. are also present, such as the town of St. Helena and the Greystone Winery. Also, there are some photographs of South Africa (ports, homes, scenery), taken during George Starr's mining days there, 1893-1896. Many portraits are present, particularly of Ida Bourn, Augustus O. Bourn, Frank Bourn, Sarah Bourn, William Bourn, Maud Bourn, and Maye Bourn. Family portraits or snapshots include relations with the surnames Bowers, Bray, Chase, Hayne, Vincent, Leith (Lord Burgh), Tucker, and Ingalls. Other identified portraits of friends or relations include Howard and Lillie Hitchcock Coit, artist William Keith, and others with surnames Crocker, Cutter, Fisher, Griffith, Hammond, and Wheeler, among others. Some British or Irish portraits and views relate to Maud Bourn Vincent and husband Arthur Rose Vincent or to Elizabeth Vincent and husband Peter Willoughby Leith (Lord Burgh). Also noteworthy is a series of portraits of women, including Phoebe Apperson Hearst, signing the Constitution of the Woman's Board, Panama Pacific International Exhibition
[Charles Sprague]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1845 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Subject: Three-quarter-length standing portrait of Charles Sprague as a boy, his left hand resting on a cloth-covered table, his right hand on his hip. He is probably the brother of Delphine and Anna Maria Sprague
[Portrait of Peter Kelley of Mendocino, California] by William J Shew( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photographs from the Von Schmidt family papers by Von Schmidt family( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Includes portraits of Alexis von Schmidt, Edward von Schmidt, Alfred von Schmidt, Samuel von Schmidt and other family members. Also includes photographs depicting Edward's sailboat, Whirlwind, as well as boating scenes on San Francisco Bay; carte-de-visite and other portraits of various persons, mostly unidentified; and one composite photograph of a drawing of the dynamiting of Blossom Rock in San Francsico Bay and portraits of various figures -- including Alexis, Edward, Alfred, Julius and Walter von Schmidt -- associated with the event
Portrait photographs of John Howard Hill by William J Shew( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Bust-length portraits believed to be of Sonoma County pioneer Dr. John Howard Hill. They were initially identified as William McPherson Hill, son of John, however the date of the daguerreotype and age of the subject rule this out. The daguerreotype is in a case and mat that date to the 1840s or 1850, and the sitter appears to be near 60 years of age. The painted photograph is a solar enlargement, circa 1870, with significant overpainting and was formerly framed. The sitter in the enlargement is almost certainly the same man pictured in the earlier daguerreotype, but he looks no older in the later portrait. Perhaps the enlargement was made from an earlier portrait dating to the 1850s, or the artist took liberties and produced a more youthful portrait. It is possible that the later portrait is of William McPherson Hill and the daguerreotype is of his father John, but the resemblance is extremely strong
Portraits and California views by Zelda Mackay( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Primarily portraits by California photographers, of interest especially for the photographers' imprints on mounts. Includes many children and other unidentified sitters. Includes a portrait of Admiral Dot (Leopold Kahn), a little person from California who toured with P.T. Barnum (.16128), a portrait of Frederick Lux, apparently a relative of Charles Lux of Miller & Lux (.16163), a man in masonic costume, a dog portraits (by Wm. Shew), and celebrity portraits of Lotta Crabtree and Ada Isaacs Menken. One Thomas Houseworth promotional cabinet card is present. A carte de visite view of the Last Spike ceremony at Promontory Point, by Savage and Ottinger, is also present (.16174). In addition, views of Southern California, San Diego (3 by R.H. Furman), San Francisco and Monterey areas include adobes, the Hotel del Monte (gardens), scenery, etc. 13 boudoir card views are by, or attributed to, I.W. Taber
[Photographs of Strickland family] :( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photographs of Strickland family of Gray Court, Laurens County, S.C. Sizes range from ninth-plates to quarter-plates. Images are unidentified except for 2 daguerreotypes of Mrs. S.F. Stevens of Lagrange, Georgia (possibly by George S. Cook) and Theodore Lutie of Carlisle, 8 Dec. 1857, and 3 ambrotypes of Mrs. Eliza G. Strickland with baby Rosa, Hugh Strickland, and James & Eva Strickland. Two cases are by Littlefield, Parons & Co. and one by William Shew of Boston
Photographic miscellany, primarily of California scenes( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photographs are mainly of California locations. Other locations include Virginia City, Nevada (studio portrait of miner) and the Panama Canal under construction. California photographs include a daguerreotype of miners in the town of Volcano, the Cliff House in San Francisco, stereoviews of San Bernardino and the San Gabriel Mountains, a view of a log train in Santa Cruz County, the Huntington, Hopkins & Co. hardware store, a view of Pescadero, an Indian food cache on stilts, the Oakland Slip and Southern Pacific Railroad Co. depot, oxen logging, Truckee in winter, the San Leandro courthouse showing earthquake damage, and Grover's Mill in Soquel
Carl Mautz collection of cartes-de-visite photographs created by California photographers by Carl Mautz( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photographic galleries and partnerships in other locations throughout California include: Mains & Von Hasseln of Camptonville; Bluett & Fardon and Dunham & Lathrop of Oakland; Sanders & Stinson of Marysville; and Abell & Welsh of Roseburg, Oregon
Portraits from the George Davidson papers( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Portraits of George Davidson, his friends and associates, taken mostly in California but also internationally. Includes portraits of the Fauntleroy family (Davidson's wife's family.) Also includes one salted paper photoprint by George Fardon
[Mary Kimball Eaton, 1770-1848]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1848 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Matthew P. Deady family photograph album( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

156 black and white photographs in 1 album, ca. 1868-1894, of members of the Deady family and friends, including: Matthew P. Deady, Lucy A. Henderson, the Couch family, Flanders family, Failing family, Brooke family, Knott family, Strong family, Corbett family, Fisk family, White family, Henderson family, Bush family, Senator Nesmith, Judge Loyal Stearns, Judge A. Bush, etc
Portraits by William J Shew( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Portraits of unidentified persons (mostly men, but also women and children), and some small groups. One portrait is identified as Eugene Lies, Sloat's fleet attorney. Includes one photograph of a nun; one photo of the front of the photographer's studio; one photo of a print titled Pioneer Stage Company, with the route on the verso; two photos of earthquake damage in Hayward, Calif., 1868
Sada Davis Cornwell photograph collection( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mainly portraits of Cornwall and family members. Includes an exterior view of the Century Club of California
Peter Palmquist cased photographs collection by Peter E Palmquist( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Associated printed items consist of trade cards for photographers; advertising materials; newspaper advertisements, including issues of The Boston Daily Bee; and engravings based on daguerreotypes
Photographs from the Weber family papers( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Collection includes family portraits, scenery, and unidentified people. Some photographs of the Weber Ranch in Santa Clara County are also included. Includes one carte de visite portrait of an unidentified man by Willam Shew
Pictorial material from the William I. Gardner and Mercedes P. Gardner papers by William I Gardner( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Photographs and original art, chiefly pertaining to the Gardner, Philip and Harris families of the San Francisco Bay Area. Carte de visite portraits (PIC box 1) depict James B. Gardner and other Gardner family members of Napa County, including William Gardner, Maria Gardner Leithy, Maria Gardner Johnson, Frank Johnson, and Ada Gardner Hill. Also includes commercial carte de visite portraits of Robert E. Lee and Tom Thumb. Ambrotype portrait depicts James B. Gardner as a boy. Other family portraits and snapshots (PIC box 1) depict Fayetta Harris Philip, Waldemar Bruce Philip, Mary Elizabeth Harris, Dee Harris, Minnehaha Harris, Robert Bruce Philip, Susan H. Gardner, Mercedes P. Gardner and William I. Gardner. Also includes student drawings by Robert A. Philip and Susan H. Gardner; and paintings, prints and drawings by Mercedes P. Gardner (all in B box 1). Also includes paintings executed on wooden barn shingles by Sterling Hoffman (PIC box 2); a landscape painting by Charles A. Rogers (FR); a drawing of Mt. Tamalpais by W.A. Bryant (FR); an oversize drawing of an unidentified woman (FR); a panoramic photographic depicting a view from a redwood forest in Humboldt County (G); and a poster depicting University of California campus locations issued by the Golden Gate International Exposition (D). Also includes a scrapbook complied by Robert A. Philip (ffALB) containing nineteenth century engravings and other prints which apparently served as models for his drawings. Also includes prints depicting Keswick Dam and Tracy Pumping Plant; and original lithographic prints by Day & Haghe depicting English railroad stations at Ambergate and Wakefield (all in C folders)
"Likenesses taken in the most approved style" : William Shew, pioneer daguerreotypist by Wendy Cunkle Calmenson( )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Unidentified woman]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1844 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Subject: Half-length portrait of woman wearing white bonnet with ribbons tied under her chin and cloth rosettes by her ears. One of her long curls hangs out of the bonnet. Her left hand is slightly visible in lower part of image
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Alternative Names
Shew, William

Shew, Wm. (William), 1820-1903

William J. Shew

William Shew American photographer

William Shew fotógrafo estadounidense

William Shew photographe américain

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