Carte-de-visite of Miss Julia J. Thomas shown in quarter portrait. Thomas is facing the camera, but her head is turned one quarter to her right and she looks off camera. Her naturally curly hair is loosely gathered behind her back. She wears a heavily embellished dark colored bodice with a white ruffled standing collar and a dark lace bow tied at the front of her neck. The bottom portion of the image is purposefully faded in the popular style of the time. There is a border printed in gold ink surrounding the outside edges of the card mount.
Handwritten in ink on the back of the photograph is the text, "Julia J. Thomas / First Scholar in Greek / at Cornell. / Graduate June 1875." Below the handwritten text is Beardsley's mark.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite inside the bottom border of the printed frame of the album page is the text "Miss Julia J. Thomas". Handwritten in graphite at the lower left corner of the album page is the text "1st GREEK SCHOLAR IN GREEK / at CORNELL Grad. June 1875".