Juana Briones hand-colored portrait
Juana Ynocencia de los Dolores Briones (1835-1927) was the daughter of Ramona and Gregorio Briones, the first non-native settler family of Bolinas. Her family settled on Rancho Las Baulines when she was two and she lived out her life in the Bolinas community, marrying several times and having numerous children. Her son Sherman Smith and grandson Sherman Smith Jr. played important roles in the development of Bolinas. This hand-colored photographic portrait of her is sometimes used as a likeness of her famous San Francisco aunt, a healer and business woman, who she is named after and is said to resemble. Hand coloring was a popular way to enliven black and white photographs. An oval mat and frame would have covered the interesting evidence of the artist at work.