Studio Portrait, circa 1895.
This image of an unknown African-American lady is only three inches square. Hairstyle, necktie and jewelry indicate this was taken in the 1890s.
William Downey, Lillie Langtry, August 1885.
Source: National Archives UK
Portrait of a couple, cabinet card, circa 1895. Another Psyche Knot and check out his tie: it’s crochet.
Portrait of a Gentleman, cabinet card, circa 1894 by M.J. Berget, Minnesota. This is a chrysotype. The pink hue was caused by the use of colloidal gold in the process.
Unidentified couple and an enormous hat, circa 1903.
I love her dress, especially the velvet trimand the bodice detail. Really, though, I posted this for the hat. Can you see the two whole stuffed birds on that hat? Ah, fashion…
Rembrandt Peale (1778 – 1860) American artist and museum keeper.
A prolific portrait painter, he was especially acclaimed for his likenesses of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Peale’s style was influenced by French Neoclassicism after a stay in Paris in his early thirties.
In July 1787, Charles Willson Peale introduced his son Rembrandt to George Washington, and the young aspirant artist watched his father paint the future president. In 1795, at the age of 17, Rembrandt painted an aging Washington, making him appear far more aged than in reality. The portrait was well received, and Rembrandt had made his debut.
At the age of 20, Rembrandt married 22-year-old Eleanor May Short (1776–1836) at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia. During their marriage, Rembrandt and Eleanor had nine children: Rosalba, Eleanor, Sarah Miriam, Michael Angelo, and Emma Clara among them.
In 1822, Peale moved to New York City where he embarked on an attempt to paint what he hoped would become the “standard likeness” of Washington.
So, if you’ve read my previous post, this is my little “witch caper.” I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but had to get my nerve up! I also had to spend a lot of time scanning items from my collection of Victorian photos, magazines and ephemera. Those are, after all, the reason this blog exists.
I have been collecting 19th and 20th Century periodicals, photographs, clothing and other goodies since I was a child. Now I have the chance to share these with other Victorian and Edwardian memorabilia enthusiasts.
So, this is a place to share Victorian Era literary quotes, images, documents, notes and fashions along with liberal amounts of gushing over period dramas and costumes (Richard Armitage in North and South anyone?), while enjoying the same from others.
Now, for the first post.
I picked this image up via Ebay in a bulk lot of Victorian photos. From the hairstyle, jewelry and what can be seen of the dress bodice, I have this dated to about 1874, give or take. There is nothing on the back, but I call her Jane. She looks like a “Jane,” doesn’t she?