Woman and Child with long Chains of Beads


Woman and Child with long Chains of Beads


A portrait of a woman and a small child, holding hands while the child stands on a stool. The woman is wearing a fine white blouse and skirt, a long chain of dark beads that runs from her neck to her belt, a small bowtie and glasses. The child (probably a girl), aged around 2, wears a white dress, a similar necklace of beads, white tights and dark booties. Both gaze directly into the camera. This photograph was taken by amateur photographer William Alonso Clapshaw, probably in his home studio around 1910-1914. Several other photographs exist that were taken in the same setting. The woman and child may be his relatives or friends.
This is one image from a set of glass plate negatives created by William Alonso Clapshaw. Clapshaw was a clerk and shopkeeper who lived near Forest Grove, Oregon for most of his life. He was born in 1880, probably at the family's home in the Hillside neighborhood of Forest Grove, on what is now Clapshaw Hill Road east of Gales Creek. Around 1910-1914, William took an interest in photography and created a set of glass plate negatives documenting scenes near his family's lands as well as images of himself, his friends and family members. He most likely used a silver gelatin dry plate process. The photographs were donated to the Pacific University Archives in 2023.


Clapshaw, William Alonso, 1880-2018

Date: Display

circa 1910-1914




Photography of families


Forest Grove, Oregon
Gales Creek, Oregon


Gelatin silver negatives




Pacific University Archives