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Fletcher was the first woman daguerreotypist to work in Canada, and possibly in North America. From August until October of 1841 Fletcher, along with her husband John Fletcher, a phrenological lecturer, traveled through the Maritimes and into Montreal and Quebec City, where she advertised her work in local newspapers. Fletcher and her husband may have also worked in Charleston, South Carolina, which would make her the first woman to operate a commercial photography gallery in the state. The Fletchers were based in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Glenbow Archives, AB - Main Catalogue
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
Garrett, Graham W. "Photography in Canada 1839-1841: A Historical and Biographical Outline: Part Two." Photographic Canadiana 22.1 (May - Jun. 1996): 4-7
Garrett, Graham W. "The Mirror of Nature." Beaver 75.6 (Dec. - Jan. 1996): 11-19
Greenhill, Ralph. Early Photography in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1965
Greenhill, Ralph and Andrew Birrell. Canadian Photography : 1839-1920 Toronto: The Coach House, 1979
Jones, Laura. Rediscovery: Canadian Women Photographers 1841-1941, May 13th-June 27th, 1983. London, Ontario: London Regional Art Gallery, 1983
Schwartz, Joan. "Canada." The Oxford Companion to the Photograph Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006
Teal, Harvey S. Partners with the Sun: South Carolina Photographers, 1840-1940. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2000

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