Item #20421 Original 1876 CDV Photo of Female Hunter and Founder of Modern Taxidermy Martha Maxwell. Martha Maxwell Female Hunter.
Original 1876 CDV Photo of Female Hunter and Founder of Modern Taxidermy Martha Maxwell

Original 1876 CDV Photo of Female Hunter and Founder of Modern Taxidermy Martha Maxwell

Female Hunter, Martha Maxwell

Original Photo

Original photograph of female hunter and taxidermist, Martha Maxwell of Boulder, Colorado, taken at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. 2.75" x 3.75" CDV Albumen sepia toned photograph. Maxwell is seen with a hunting rifle with a fur laid at her feet, a testament to her pivotal role in helping found modern taxidermy. Maxwell began her adulthood as a student at Oberlin College, the first institution that accepted women in the nation, but later dropped out due to financial difficulties. These hardships persisted through the early years of marriage to James Maxwell, leading them to take part in the Colorado Gold Rush. She got her start in taxidermy by evicting a claim jumper in her Colorado mining town, who was a taxidermist by trade, and studied the craft intently for years to come. Maxwell adapted well to the rugged geography of Colorado and eventually hunted down and taxidermied a large collection of birds and other wildlife. She was acclaimed by local naturalist and agricultural societies and eventually invited to display her collection at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, where this photo was taken. Maxwell's pioneering diorama displays are said to have influenced major figures in taxidermy history who entered the field later, such as William Temple Hornaday and Carl Akeley (the father of modern taxidermy). This is a scarce photo of one of the few American female naturalists who were recognized in their lifetime. In very good condition overall.

Item #20421

Price: $850.00