Carte-de-visite of Sayles Jenks Bowen in half bust portrait. Bowen's body faces to the camera, but his head is a quarter turn to his right and he looks off camera. His hair is parted on his left side and smoothed down and he has a full beard. His cheeks are tinted pink. He wears a dark jacket and vest, dark bowtie, and white shirt. The bottom portion of the image is purposefully faded in the popular style of the time.
Handwritten in graphite on the bottom of the print is the name "S. J. Bowen". There is a green and white 3 cent canceled revenue stamp on the back of the print featuring George Washington with HU / NY written over it in ink with Henry Ulke's mark printed above it.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite at the lower left corner of the album page is the text "HENRY ULKE PHOTO."