Monday, 19 August 2013
Some more images from my collection of carte de visite. First a pretty little girl and her father c.1860s. This one has no studio markings.
The next image is from the studio of Artist and Photographer William Davey of 269 Castle Street Dudley, Scotland c.1870
Next up is a lady in a particularly stunning silk moire dress from the studio of Isaac Preston Photographer, Sheepscar Post Office. 76, North Street Leeds c.1866. The photograph does have the ladies name on the back but unfortunately I cannot read what it says, she is however local to Leeds.
Following is one of my favorite CDV's, from the studio of Henry Webster 2 Albert Terrace, Bishops Road, Bayswater, Kensington. He ran this studio before going into partnership with his son between 1863 - 1870. I would say this image is from the first half of the 1860s. The mother is wearing a beautiful velvet jacket, and just look at those sleeves! I also love her impeccably styled hair. She looks so much like a young queen victoria in this photo. Neither mother or baby are looking particularly amused :D
The last two images whilst not possibly the most stunning in my collection are quite interesting as they are a pair. They were being sold separately and I thought it would be a shame for them to be separated after so many years so I bought both. The photographer is Thomas Miller, Midland Road, Wellingborough who was in business between 1869 - 1884.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Here are a couple of CDV's from my own collection. The first is from the studio of W. P. Booth, Bridge Place Worksop. The studio was in practice between 1881 - 1885 which makes it easy to date this photograph. I love the old fashion style of the gentleman's clothes (he wouldn't look out of place in the 1860s) and his large knobbly stick. I wonder if these are proud grandparents or older parents, or one of each? Archer Hood my ancestor who I mentioned in a previous post had her last child in 1822 at the age of 50, and it was not usual to still be having children in your 40s. So we can only guess.
Close-up. Looks like they tried to cheer up the child on the right hand side with an apple (and failed). The child on the left has noticeably moved its head during the shot.
Close-up of shoes
The second photo was taken by A. Knighton Photographic Artist, Raunds, Northamptonshire. It shows the proud parents of four children c.1870s. I love the stance of the farther! The little girl at the front is holding a doll, and it looks like the child next to her is holding a stick? I like how the elder boy has moved during the shot despite having hold of his fathers hand.
Proud parents c.1870s
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
I love google books. It's always a great place to go for research or just to do a bit of browsing. Today I've been brushing up on my etiquette via Cassels elementary handbooks. The particular book in question was The hand-book of etiquette published in 1860. Here are some of the more interesting excerpts for ladies and gentlemen :)
a lady has been shopping, she may accept a gentleman's offer to carry
any small parcel she may have in her hand; but she must not load him
like a pack-horse, nor, in order to be the sooner in possession of
her purchases, consent to let him carry any cumbrous things that
should be brought home at night by the shopman.
you are short, avoid very wide crinolines. They would make you look
even shorter than you are, and you tempt people to say you are "
as broad as you are long."
you are tall or short, never have your stays or dress laced tight.
Compression of the waist, by affecting your health, is sure to injure
in negligee or
full dress always aim at neatness. No splendour of costume in the
evening can make amends for disordered hair, an untidy dress, or
slip-shod shoes, in the morning.
allows of great variety in the mode of dressing the hair. If your
face is round, you will find ringlets most becoming. If long, it will
look better in bouffes or
hands, rather full on each side of the face.
of one only colour, or dark ribbon head-dresses, are better suited
for the morning; and gold or embroidered nets, or light-coloured
ribbon head-dresses, for dinner parties, small evening parties, or
are more appropriate for balls and very large evening parties.
are more worn by married ladies than by young ladies, who never
appear to greater advantage than when attired with elegance and
simplicity. It is, however, in perfect accordance with etiquette that
young ladies should wear ornaments in moderation, but, while
unmarried, they do not generally wear diamonds.
is the law of introductions to introduce the inferior to the
you introduce persons, be sure that they will not object to make each
other's acquaintance; it is better to ascertain the fact beforehand.
If you feel convinced that a gentleman has no objection to make the
acquaintance of another gentleman to whom you wish to introduce him,
you may proceed to do so without asking permission; but, before
presenting a gentleman to a lady, make a point of obtaining her
remarked, it was difficult to know how to avoid introducing persons
to each other, when you know the wish for acquaintanceship is not
mutual. In such a case, you may always decline on the just plea of
your own insufficient intimacy.
Avoid everything unusual in your mode
of greeting; it is sure to offend. For shaking hands, never offer two
fingers, unless the others are maimed. Never offer your left hand,
instead of your right, excepting when your right hand is disabled
from some unlucky accident, rheumatism, &c.
a general way, gentlemen cannot, according to etiquette, take ladies
to public places, or on excursions, without these
ladies' chaperones, and
these chaperones should
pay their own expenses, and those of the ladies under their care.
entering public places, or going up crowded staircase, always precede
the lady, to "clear the way" and remove difficulties;
otherwise, it is a gentleman's province to follow.
meeting your acquaintances, ladies especially, do not nod, but remove
your hat from your head; and do this with your left hand, on meeting
friends, in order to leave the right free for the cordial shake of
the hand, so indicative of friendship and goodwill in England, and
now so often adopted abroad.
mistaken ideas exist about the necessity of taking off your gloves to
shake hands with a lady. The rule is as follows:—If the lady is
ungloved, take off your glove before shaking hands with her; but if
she has her gloves on, you need not remove yours.
young man who is inattentive to his dress is likely to become a
sloven as he grows older.
your hair is red, use red oil; it will shade it down to an auburn
tint. If, for temporary loss of hair, you wear a
mind it is one that will completely cover your head; and, if
possible, procure one of those ventilating peruques that
do not close the pores of
the skin of the head. As the wig attracts dust and smoke almost as
much as the human hair, do not forget to keep it constantly combed
you wear jewellery, avoid being loaded with it. A brooch or studs, a
handsome gold watch and guard, and a ring on the second, third, or
fourth finger of either hand, is quite sufficient ornament.
particular to have your things made to fit well, but not to fit
tightly. In fact, the loose, easy fit, is in accordance with the good
taste of the fashions of the present day.
ties and coloured gloves belong to morning dress. Select those that
are of delicate and becoming colours, and avoid those that are
glaring and gaudy.
dress-coat, black silk tie, or white cravat, silk or black cloth
waistcoat, white kid gloves, and black trousers, and thin patent
leather boots, are the principal component parts of full-dress
costume, suitable alike for dinners, evening parties, balls, and
out-door costume, avoid cloaks or coats of so light a colour as to
contrast too strongly with the other part of your attire. The
contrast formed by snow-white linen with the dark waistcoat or coat
is a pleasing contrast. Otherwise, endeavour to establish harmony in
the colour of your garments.
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Two weeks ago I picked up a lovely mid-victorian ambrotype from a local antiques fair. I noticed immediately that her broach and belt had been coloured, but it was only after I put the photograph under the scanner and viewed it on the screen that it became apparent that the drapes, background and her cheeks had also been tinted. I've also been having some fun with photoshop and colourized the image. The lips could have been a better shade (if i hadn't stopped tweaking the image now i would have gone on forever) but i think seeing her in colour really brings her to life. I love the dress and would be tempted to have a go at recreating it one day. I'm sure i've got some fabric in my stash that would work :D
Tweaked in photoshop with a little bit of cleaning up
Close up 1
Close up 2
Colourized in photoshop