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Simon Towle (1855–1893)

American photographer who was born in Massachusetts in 1855. He began his career as a photographer in the 1870s, working in Boston and later New York City.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1855
Simon Towle specialised in portrait photography and his work was noted for its technical precision and attention to detail.

In the late 1870s, Towle moved to New York City and set up his own studio. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the city's leading portrait photographers, attracting a clientele that included many prominent figures in business, politics and society.

Towle's portraits were characterised by sharp focus, careful composition and the use of natural light. He was particularly adept at capturing the personality and character of his subjects, and his images were often praised for their realism and authenticity.

Despite his success as a photographer, Towle's life was cut short when he died in 1893 at the age of 38. However, his legacy as a pioneering American photographer lives on through his work, which continues to be studied and admired by photographers and art historians around the world.
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Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Public domain image of a large historic building, city hall, urban architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

[Ceremonies at the Soldiers Monument at Gorham, Me.]

[Ceremonies at the Soldiers Monument at Gorham, Me.]

Public domain image of personnel, army, group of people in uniform, parade, historic place, military activity, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

[Family and horse at front yard and garden of house, Lowell, Massachusetts]

[Family and horse at front yard and garden of house, Lowell, Massachus...

Public domain photograph - 19th-century albumen print, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

View at Pine Point Beach, Scarboro [Scarborough], Maine, short distance from R.R.Station.

View at Pine Point Beach, Scarboro [Scarborough], Maine, short distanc...

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Statue of Victory, Monument Square, Lowell.

Statue of Victory, Monument Square, Lowell.

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Public domain image of a large historic building, city hall, urban architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

[Interior view with vines and three young women.]

[Interior view with vines and three young women.]

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

Bridal party at General Butler's, Lowell, Mass., July 31, 1870.

Bridal party at General Butler's, Lowell, Mass., July 31, 1870.

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

View at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

View at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Scene in Old Orchard Park, Saco, Maine.

Scene in Old Orchard Park, Saco, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

View of the Court House, Lowell, Mass.

View of the Court House, Lowell, Mass.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a park, park architecture, outdoors, romantic atmospheric landscape, cemetery, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

[View of a picnic scene.] Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

[View of a picnic scene.] Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

[Scene at Marblehead Beach, Lowell, Mass.]

[Scene at Marblehead Beach, Lowell, Mass.]

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of Massachusetts, mid-19th century albumen print, no copyright restrictions.

View at Peaks' Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

View at Peaks' Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

Public domain image of a historic view of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

May training on south Common, jail in distance, 7 companies of the 6th Regiment Volunteers.

May training on south Common, jail in distance, 7 companies of the 6th...

Public domain image of personnel, army, group of people in uniform, parade, historic place, military activity, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

H[is] I[mperial] Highness the Grand Duke Alexis [right, front], at the residence of Honorable G. V. Fox, Lowell, Massachusettsachusetts, Dec. 9th, 1871

H[is] I[mperial] Highness the Grand Duke Alexis [right, front], at the...

Stereograph showing the Grand Duke Alexis posed with dignitaries on the steps of the G. V. Fox residence, Lowell, Massachusetts. S. Towle, Photographer, Lowell, Mass. Title from version of stereograph published... More

View of a picnic scene. Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

View of a picnic scene. Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Public domain photograph related to Boston, Massachusetts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Making-up room, Lawrence Hosiery, Lowell, Ms., Dr. Geo. L. Harris, overseer.

Making-up room, Lawrence Hosiery, Lowell, Ms., Dr. Geo. L. Harris, ove...

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

Scene on the Saco, Buxton, Me. - stereoscopic view, public domain photorpaph

Scene on the Saco, Buxton, Me. - stereoscopic view, public domain phot...

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Coliseum--interior view. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereoscope Card.

Coliseum--interior view. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereoscope Card.

Boston Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yo... More

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

[Decorations of Ladd & Whitney Monument.] Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

[Decorations of Ladd & Whitney Monument.] Lowell, Massachusetts. Stere...

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Art gallery at the old ladies fair, Lowell, 1874.

Art gallery at the old ladies fair, Lowell, 1874.

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Centennial celebration, Buxton, Maine. Clearing the tables, com. of arrangement and ladies at work, Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration, Buxton, Maine. Clearing the tables, com. of ar...

Picryl description: Public domain image of catering, dinner table arrangement, caterer, restaurant, food, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Statue of Victory, Monument Square, Lowell.

Statue of Victory, Monument Square, Lowell.

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

White-Head, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

White-Head, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a mountain cliff view, natural rocky landscape, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

View at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

View at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Old Orchard House at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

Old Orchard House at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

On the Saco, Buxton, Me. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

[Mdd'x Mich' Asso Fair, Sept. 1861, Lowell, Mass.]

[Mdd'x Mich' Asso Fair, Sept. 1861, Lowell, Mass.]

Public domain photograph - 19th-century albumen print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Wm. H. Wiggins House, 1869, Lowell, Mass.]

[Wm. H. Wiggins House, 1869, Lowell, Mass.]

Public domain vintage artistic photograph, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Coliseum--interior view. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereoscope Card.

Coliseum--interior view. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereoscope Card.

Boston Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yo... More

Gen. Benj. F. Butler's residence at Lowell, Mass.

Gen. Benj. F. Butler's residence at Lowell, Mass.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a victorian era building, victorian house, 19th century architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

On the beach, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

On the beach, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Scene on the Saco, Buxton, Me. - stereoscopic view, public domain photorpaph

Scene on the Saco, Buxton, Me. - stereoscopic view, public domain phot...

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Decorations of Ladd & Whitney Monument. Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

Decorations of Ladd & Whitney Monument. Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereos...

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Gen. Benj. F. Butler's residence at Lowell, Mass.

Gen. Benj. F. Butler's residence at Lowell, Mass.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a victorian era building, victorian house, 19th century architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Scene in Old Orchard Park, Saco, Maine.

Scene in Old Orchard Park, Saco, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

View at Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

View at Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Centennial celebration, Buxton, Maine. Clearing the tables, com. of arrangement and ladies at work, Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration, Buxton, Maine. Clearing the tables, com. of ar...

Picryl description: Public domain image of catering, dinner table arrangement, caterer, restaurant, food, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Coliseum--President's reception room. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereoscope Card.

Coliseum--President's reception room. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereos...

Boston Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yo... More

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Worthen Street, Lowell, Mass.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

Worthen Street, Lowell, Mass.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public dom...

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of Massachusetts, mid-19th century albumen print, no copyright restrictions.

View at Peaks' Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

View at Peaks' Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

Public domain image of a historic view of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Governor Claflin & General Butler & staff, at division headquarters. Concord, Mss. Sept. 1870

Governor Claflin & General Butler & staff, at division headquarters. C...

Public domain photograph of 19th-century stereoscopic card, Massachusetts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Camp Lowell, Marblehead Neck, Mass. Essex County, Massachusetts. Stereoscope Card.

Camp Lowell, Marblehead Neck, Mass. Essex County, Massachusetts. Stere...

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More

Couple in front of house, Sterescope Card, Boston Public Library

Couple in front of house, Sterescope Card, Boston Public Library

Public domain vintage artistic photograph, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Public domain image of a large historic building, city hall, urban architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

[Foot of Pawtucket Falls from ledge by Waste Gates Northern Canal, Lowell, Mass.]

[Foot of Pawtucket Falls from ledge by Waste Gates Northern Canal, Low...

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of Massachusetts, mid-19th century albumen print, no copyright restrictions.

View at Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

View at Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

Public domain photograph - landscape, 19th-century albumen print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Scene in Old Orchard Park, at O.O. Beach, Saco, Maine

Scene in Old Orchard Park, at O.O. Beach, Saco, Maine

Public domain photograph - landscape, 19th-century albumen print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Coliseum--President's reception room. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereoscope Card.

Coliseum--President's reception room. Boston, MA. 19th Century Stereos...

Boston Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yo... More

View of the Court House, Lowell, Mass.

View of the Court House, Lowell, Mass.

Picryl description: Public domain image of a park, park architecture, outdoors, romantic atmospheric landscape, cemetery, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Scene at "Camp Andrew", Stereoscope Card

Scene at "Camp Andrew", Stereoscope Card

Public domain photograph of a crowd, event, meeting, demonstration, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Waste Way and Waste Gate House, Northern Canal, Lowell, Mass.]

[Waste Way and Waste Gate House, Northern Canal, Lowell, Mass.]

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of Massachusetts, mid-19th century albumen print, no copyright restrictions.

Scene on the Saco, Buxton, Me. - stereoscopic view, public domain photorpaph

Scene on the Saco, Buxton, Me. - stereoscopic view, public domain phot...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a park, pond, water reflection, romantic landscape, 18th-19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me., Aug. 14, 1872.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me. The tables before dinner, 1200 feet long. Aug. 14, 1872.

Centennial celebration at Buxton, Me. The tables before dinner, 1200 f...

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of a food market, vendors, trays, city street life, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

On the beach, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

On the beach, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Coliseum--the reception room, Stereoscope Card

Coliseum--the reception room, Stereoscope Card

Public domain image of a large historic building, city hall, urban architecture, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

White-Head, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

White-Head, Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Me.

Public domain image of a historic view of Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

View at Marblehead Neck, Mass., Aug. 25th, 1871

View at Marblehead Neck, Mass., Aug. 25th, 1871

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of Massachusetts, mid-19th century albumen print, no copyright restrictions.

View at Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

View at Cushing Island, Portland Harbor, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Old Orchard House at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

Old Orchard House at Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Maine.

Maine stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker who assemb... More

Bridal Party at General Butler's, Lowell, Mass., July 21st, 1870.

Bridal Party at General Butler's, Lowell, Mass., July 21st, 1870.

Public domain vintage artistic photograph, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

[Family scene in yard of humble house, Lowell, Mass.]

[Family scene in yard of humble house, Lowell, Mass.]

Picryl description: Public domain photograph of Massachusetts, mid-19th century albumen print, no copyright restrictions.

View of Lowell Water Works.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

View of Lowell Water Works.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domai...

Public domain photograph - 19th-century albumen print, people, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

May training on south Common, jail in distance, 7 companies of the 6th Regiment Volunteers.

May training on south Common, jail in distance, 7 companies of the 6th...

Public domain image of personnel, army, group of people in uniform, parade, historic place, military activity, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Coliseum--interior view, Stereoscope Card. Boston, 19th century.

Public domain photograph of 19th-century stereoscopic card, Massachusetts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Decorations of Ladd and Whitney Monument.

Decorations of Ladd and Whitney Monument.

Public domain photograph of 19th-century vintage card, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Sterling silver tea set]. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

[Sterling silver tea set]. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain ...

Public domain photograph - 19th-century albumen print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

View of Lowell Water Works.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

View of Lowell Water Works.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domai...

Public domain photograph - 19th-century albumen print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Acting Assistant Surgeon George Cowles Osgood of U.S. Navy in uniform Photographed by Higgins & Co., 109 Washington St., Boston

Acting Assistant Surgeon George Cowles Osgood of U.S. Navy in uniform ...

Photograph shows identified sailor who served on the iron clad steamer Chillicothe. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2016; (DLC/PP-2017:171, formerly deposit D072) Purchased from: Pat and Orton Begner, Rochester, New Yo... More

Decorations of Ladd & Whitney Monument. Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereoscope card.

Decorations of Ladd & Whitney Monument. Lowell, Massachusetts. Stereos...

Public domain photo of a monument, historic place, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Interior view with vines and three young women.

Interior view with vines and three young women.

Massachusetts stereoscopic card. Robert Dennis's stereographs collection includes more than 72,000 stereoscopic views organized primarily by geography. The collection bears the name of the native New Yorker wh... More