GRIFFITH, Ann Elizabeth. A 1/4 plate tinted daguerreotype of a lady, in a full leather case bearing the photographer's mark "R.LOWE PROMENADE CHELTENHAM" on the rear. The plate in good condition except for a dark shadow line from upper left to lower right (see photo). Pasted on the back are two handwritten labels, one reading "Miss Ann Elizabeth Griffith - after Mrs Bingham", and the other in the same hand "This Photo must not be exposed or it will fade out & is Valuable as an old process".
Ann Elizabeth Griffith was born on 8th December 1819, the daughter of Thomas Griffith and Ann Ballinger. Her mother died in 1823, and her father became the minister of the Congregational Chapel at Upper Cam, Gloucestershire between 1834-1855. Ann Elizabeth Griffith married William Bingham about 1862 in Paris (IGI).
Richard Lowe was an accomplished American photographer who set up his first photographic studio in Cheltenham in 1841, and another in the Promenade in Cheltenham in 1850. In November 1856 Lowe made a significant number of purchases on credit in the town, boarded a train for Liverpool and was never seen again.