|Cousin's Painting Labeled William Peters,|
son of Joachim Peters. Used with permission.
|Cousin's Painting Labeled Mahala|
(McFarland) Peters, William Peters' wife.
Used with permission.
The two paintings and the photo looked incredibly similar! Even the hair styles and clothing looked a lot alike. I decided to look at the photos and paintings side by side:
|Portrait and painting of Joachim Peters (1815-1894). Photo taken circa 1870.|
|Portrait and painting of Henriette (Bünger) Peters (1817-1874). Photo taken circa 1870.|
I think it is obvious the paintings of the man and the woman were actually made from the photo. Both the dating of clothes (likely 1860's or 1870's) and the couple's age (probably in their 50's or 60's) indicate the couple is Joachim and Henriette Peters, and not William and Mahala Peters.
I love that two branches of the family have now, about 150 years after the fact, digitally brought together these images of our immigrant couple. And, I wonder if other families have seen old paintings which were known to have been made from an original photo? If so, please let me know! I am wondering how common this practice was!
Do we have common ancestors? If so, I'd love to talk! Please leave a comment or email me at email@example.com