Carte-de-visite of Sudney Taliaferro shown in half portrait. Her body is facing the camera but her head is turned one quarter to her right and she looks off frame. Her arms are crossed in front of her chest and resting on a table in front of her. Taliaferro's hair is pulled tightly into small coils on the top of her head. She wears a medium colored bodice with button detailing on the cuffs of the sleeves, a white lace standing collar, and a dark colored kerchief with white polka dots is gathered around her neck and pinned at the front with a stylized leaf brooch. Printed below the image is the text "H.D. Garns & Co. Philada.".
Handwritten in graphite on the back of the photograph at the top is "Sidney Taliafero 1881". There is a mark for H.D. Garns & Co. printed on the back with "12884" written below in graphite.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print.