Ethel Lorene Blumann, (1902-1990) the photographer’s daughter, is shown as a young girl wearing a traditional bonnet. The photo was taken around 1910, with this finished bromoil example printed in 1926. The work was reproduced as the frontispiece for the July, 1920 issue of Camera Craft (preceding p. 215) where it was titled Ethel,” ⎯ A Home Portrait. Ethel Lorene Blumann, (1902-1990) who did not marry, spent her career working as a teacher and reference librarian in Oakland, California.


Image Dimensions23.0 x 18.0 cm including border, pasted to mount and printed on Defender Rough Buff paper (this company was incorporated in 1899 in Rochester, New York)

Support Dimensions50.6 x 33.0 cm manilla mount with impressed window

Print Notes

Recto: signed and titled in graphite by the hand of the artist: ll: ETHEL; lr within impressed mount: Sigismund Blumann 1926 

Verso:  pasted brown Art Nouveau label (5.0 x 13.7 cm) on mount with Blumann’s home address of 3217 Davis Street Fruitvale, California and title of work in block script: ETHEL.; Bromoil. Defender Rough Buff.

Exhibitions | Collections

Extant examples titled: The Tearful Miss (unknown process); MINE ELDEST (lithobrome)


Sigismund Blumann, Fruitvale California: purchased for this archive in December, 2019 from his grandson Thomas High.