These three late Italianate houses with Eastlake-style ornamental woodwork were built between 1885 and 1890 on the former formal garden of the 1832 Addolph Dill house* — a corner of which can just be seen on the left side of the picture.
Clay Street is part of the Jackson Ward Historic District. These houses still stand and still have the same beautiful woodwork. The very little street tree shown above on the right now shades more than all the space shown in the photo.
*Until 2016, it was the Richmond Black History Museum.
I think this was a 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and the couple were posing with their eleven children.
Michael Miley was a popular commercial photographer in Lexington, Virginia, who patented a color process in 1902 and may have produced the first color photographic print in the U.S. He died in 1918, so these photos must have been taken by his son Henry or another younger associate.
The Library of Virginia recently discovered 58 previously unidentified images by the Studio and hopes that someone will be able to help it identify some of the subjects in the pictures.