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Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo del Leese daguerreotype

 Item — Box: 04
Identifier: DAG-8H
Portrait of Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo Leese seated, arm resting on book, holding an embroidered purse in her lap. Leese's cheeks, purse, jewelry, and the book are tinted. Daguerreotype is housed in a double-hinged, triptych-style case; brown embossed leather exterior with shield shaped closure; red embossed velvet interior. Quarter plate daguerreotype measuring 9 x 7 cm.


  • 1840-1860

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection, which were created between 1840 and 1860, are in the public domain in the United States. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.


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Biographical / Historical

Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo del Leese was born into the Vallejos, a wealthy, land owning Northern California family in 1811. Daughter of Sargeant Ignacio Ferrer Vallejo and Maria Antonia Isabela Lugo and sister to military officers Mariano Guadalupe and Salvador Vallejo. Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo married American merchant Jacob Leese in 1837. She died in 1889.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Vallejo Gautier.
Finding aid to the Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo del Leese daguerreotype
Jaime Henderson, 2019
February 2019
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the California Historical Society Repository

678 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94105