Washington DC: Feb. 26, 1849. SIGNED "Sarah Polk. Washington. Feb. 26, 1849." in clear, firm hand. 4.25" x 2" card inlaid to a beveled matte beneath a reproduction daguerreotype in a professionally framed presentation. The ornate engraved image was taken at a Plume studio. John Plumbe Jr. (July 13, 1809 – May 29, 1857) was a Welsh-born American entrepreneurial photographer, gallerist, publisher, and an early advocate of an American transcontinental railroad in the mid-19th century. He established a franchise of photography studios in the 1840s in the U.S., with additional branches in Paris and Liverpool. He created a lithographic process for reproducing photographic images, called the "plumbeotype."
Sarah Childress Polk (Sep 4, 1803 – Aug 14, 1891) was the wife of the 11th President of the United States, James Polk, serving as First Lady of the United States from 1845 to 1849. She was noted as a lively conversationalist and hostess on the political scene in Washington and lived a long life on their estate in Tennessee after her husband died after only having left office four months prior. Very fine. Item #771
“None but Sarah knew so intimately my private affairs...She was politician, counselor, nurse, and emotional resource.” - J. K. Polk speaking about his wife's role at the White House.