Portrait of Everett A. Scholfield with Dog

Original content by: Dr. Paul Goodwin

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About This Artifact

Everett A. Scholfield (1843-1930) was primarily a portrait photographer, although he did capture many landscape and maritime themes in his photographs.  Much of his work was done in Mystic and New London, Connecticut between 1865 and 1913.  He learned photography from his father, who had a studio in Westerly, Rhode Island.  Between 1860 and 1861, he may have been involved in portrait photography in Noank.  In 1862, for two months, he served in Company B, 9th Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteers.  Following his brief sojourn as a soldier he returned to Westerly and likely engaged once again in photography with his father.  From 1863 through the 1870s, he lived and worked in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and St. Croix.  In 1885, he finally put down roots in Mystic and New London.  His partner, George E. Tingley, managed the studio in Mystic and Scholfield ran the New London establishment.

Questions for Further Thought

  1. How are photographs as valuable as memoirs for historical study?