Hand tinted ambrotype portrait of Elizabeth Bosworth (nee Bourns). Elizabeth was born on June 4 1828 in County Mayo, Ireland. In 1847 she married Sgt. William Hancock Bosworth who was stationed in Ireland with the 49th British Regiment. Sgt. Bosworth transferred to the 57th Regiment prior to the Crimea War and the family was posted to India and then to Taranaki in 1861. On retirement from the army Sgt. Bosworth opted to remain in New Plymouth where he became gaoler and governor of New Plymouth prison which he had built using convict labour, while Elizabeth worked as the matron.
Elizabeth is seated and wearing a dress with a lace collar and lace cuffs. One arm is resting on a table covered with a patterned table cloth. She is wearing a choker and a long necklace that has been hand tinted gold. She has a hand tinted gold ring on each hand. Her cheeks have been tinted pink and the background is tinted green. The ambrotype is surrounded by a plain gold metal mat with a patterned metal edge and is contained in a dark brown case with an embossed lid. Gold paint patterns adorn the inside edge of the case. The lid of the case is lined with embossed red velvet. Two clasps are mounted on the right hand side of the case.
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