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.
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.
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.
Collection is open for research.