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Name Mora, Jose Maria
Life Dates 1846-1926
Born: Cuba
Died: New York, New York
Nationality American
Geographic location(s) 707 Broadway, New York, New York (1870-1888)
Occupation painter
cabinet cards
portrait photography
Notes Cuban-born Mora was an artist studying in Paris when his family was forced to leave Cuba in 1868. He moved to New York city, where he was employed by photographic studio Sarony and Company to produce painted photographs. By 1870 he began his own studio, eventually purchasing 707 Broadway from Benjamin Gurney. Mora was known for creating elaborate backdrops and staging for his photographs, as well as incorporating hand-painting. After years of unsuccessful legal fighting to reclaim family property seized in Cuba, and failing mental health, he sold his stock of photos and closed the studio in 1888.
Role Photographer

Associated Records

Image of Photograph Collection - 1957.3.168.27

Photograph Collection - 1957.3.168.27

"Pauline Acklers (Mrs. Lockett?)," c. 1870-1888, cabinet card, hand-colored photograph by Jose Maria Mora. Printed below image: Mora, 707 Broadway, N. Y. Cabinet card was inserted in album 1957.3.168, a photograph album that belonged to Frank H. McClung, Jr. Handwritten on album page below image, in pencil: Pauline Acklers - Mrs. Lockett (?) / Nashville