This lovely young woman had her photograph taken by renowned photographer Fernando Dessaur in the early to mid 1860's. She is wearing the very common 1860's hooped skirt and very tight cinched waist. I particularly like the button detail on her upper sleeves. She also has the typical hairstyle of the period; parted in the middle and pulled back to the nape and secured in a snood. Click here to see a similar dress of the era along with a Petersen's Magazine plate.
Fernando Dessaur had a photography studio at 145 Eighth Avenue in New York City from 1850 to 1870 according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission of Manhattan. I don't believe the earlier date is correct as his birth date is reported to be around 1840 - 1842 on Ancestry.com. He was born in Amsterdam, Holland to Morris and Cecilia Dessaur. According to census records the family immigrated to the US around 1860.
|Trow's NYC Directory 1872, Google eBooks|
About 1870 Dessaur relocated his business to 551 Eighth Avenue in New York. In the 1900 census of Manhattan, New York he was married to Delia with one daughter Fern aged 13. However, according to the New York Times he also had a son named Fernando who was born about 1886 who created a bit of a scandal in 1909 when he kidnapped his daughter from his estranged wife Delia May Klock Dessaur.