William Alonso Clapshaw was an amateur photographer. He set up a basic studio in his own home, using a plain sheet for a backdrop. Nevertheless, the portraits he made rival that of any contemporary professional. Though some of the negatives were scratched or damaged, Clapshaw's composition, lighting and connection with his subjects was of the highest quality.


Woman & Child with Beads

Mirror-Image Portrait

Woman on Curule Chair

Young Men with Cigars

Four Generations

Woman with Dark Sash

Woman in Lace Blouse

Clapshaw Self-Portrait

Young Man with Pompadour