Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.
|Photographer throught to be Richard Ellis, Mortuary Photograph of Martha Ellis nee Bartlett circa 2 September 1880, Lurline Marshall's private photo collection an identical copy also held in Sandra Williamson's private photo collection.|
The image of Martha’s mother has been handed down through the generations. The photo appears in two private photo collections, one collection belongs a descendant of Martha Sarah's sister, the other belongs to a descendant of Martha Sarah. The girls each must have been given a copy of the photo when they left England in 1889.
So how did I notice this?
So how did I discover that this cherished family heirloom was not what it seemed to be?
- The eyes – appear to have added to the photo
- The face seems to have been placed in the bonnet or somehow added and lacks the definition of the face
- On careful examination, you can also see the splice lines where the eyes have been superimposed over the original (probably closed) eyes.