Posts tagged victorian
Posts tagged victorian
In 1884 Queen Victoria traveled to Coburg, Germany for a relative’s wedding.
Here she is during that trip pictured among members of her large family including such prominent figures as the future Edward VII, the future King George V, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the German dowager Empress Friedrich, the future Tsar Nicholas and Alexandra of Russia, and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.
Tintype of James Weldon Johnson’s mother and sister: Helen Louise Johnson and Agnes Marion Edwards, 1870
Tintype of James Weldon Johnson’s mother and sister: Helen Louise Johnson and Agnes Marion Edwards, 1870.
Turban Styles - from “Le Costume Historique”, 1888
Very cool! Love the peacock feathers!
The New Albert Bonnet for the Guards, 1854.
Well. This just seems silly!
The New York Knickerbockers Baseball Club, clockwise from top left: Alfred Cartwright, Alexander Cartwright, William Wheaton, Henry Tiebout Anthony, Daniel “Doc” Adams, and Duncan Curry, ca. 1847.
What splendid looking fellows!
Epic hats! This is what baseball is missing today!
Bonnets of the Season, Debenham & Freebody New Fashion Book, Autumn 1874.
[Unidentified woman, about 30 years of age, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left, wearing bonnet] Mathew Brady, c1844-60
What a lovely portrait!
Coral Tiara | c. 1860 - 1870
Phillips Brothers, in which the dominant partner was Robert Phillips, were the leading supplier of coral goods in London, as well as being important goldsmiths and jewellers. In 1870 the firm advertised that it had ‘the most complete collection of fine coral work in the world’. Robert Phillips received the order of the Crown of Italy for his services to the coral industry in Naples.
I love this so much I posted it twice.
Hello you pretty thing!
ca. 1848, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with a top hat and cigar]
via I Photo Central
One of the best white tophats I have EVER seen!
Group of Ladies . 1884
And a group of fabulous hats!
A little girl’s warm wool coat and bonnet with a wonderful over-sized collar, 1895.
Look at the twee little bonnet!
Bonnet, ca 1870 US (Brooklyn, NY), the Met Museum
I don’t know how I’d feel about that mink head watching my every move.
It feels like it is about 9 degrees in my house right now, and I would punch one of my kittens if it meant that I could wear this. (That’s a lie- I would need to own it in order to punch one of my kittens. And it would be Monty, because he tore down my curtains yesterday.)
Richard Caton Woodville
War News from Mexico 1848
Oil on canvas 27 x 24 in
Manoogian Collection, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Exhibited at the American Art-Union in 1849 and distributed nationwide in an 1851 engraving, War News from Mexico attracted notice because of its lively depiction of the home front at a time of national crisis. It portrays a sampling of the electorate gobbling up the latest news from a daily paper, which dominates the composition and serves as its focal point.
Radiating outward from the newspaper are eleven figures and the bottom half of an eagle, all gathered under or beside the portico of a combined tavern, inn, and post office identified, with heavy-handed significance, as the “American Hotel” (hence the eagle). With wide eyes, gaping mouth, and exaggerated body language, the man at center stage reads aloud from the newspaper clutched in his fists. It reports on the latest happenings in the Mexican War (1846-8), which cost the lives of thousands of soldiers on both sides and resulted in the addition to the United States of 500,000 square miles of conquered territory in the West. The supporting players mug and gesticulate their reactions: one figure, in the shadowy background, throws up his hand; another grasps the frame of his eyeglasses; a third raps his knuckles against one of the portico’s pilasters; a fourth, who relays the news to an old gentleman with hearing difficulties, points a thumb emphatically toward the newspaper.
Despite the obviousness of these gestures, it’s not altogether evident whether the news is good or bad for the denizens of the American Hotel. Clearly, though, they’re all personally involved in what they are hearing, and that includes the humble black man and his little girl in rags; the outcome of the war had a direct bearing on how far west Congress would permit slavery to extend. Those opposed to slavery also opposed the war. The black family is situated at the periphery: they are not part of the consensus, and although they have a personal stake in the war, they have no democratic say in it. A white woman, squeezed to the side of the canvas and visible in the window, is similarly characterized as marginal to the sphere of public discourse, which Woodville shows to be populated exclusively by adult white men. Yet she, unlike the two African Americans, occupies a place securely within, rather than outside, the national hotel.
In Woodville’s day, the elderly gentleman in old-fashioned knee breeches would have been understood as a member of the Revolutionary-era generation. His presence in the scene lends legitimacy to the current military conflict, suggesting that the war that started in 1846 embodied the ideals behind the war declared in 1776. But to the extent that the old man wears a grim or confused expression, the painting implies that ’46 is not indisputably the moral successor to ’76, and that the values of the present do not necessarily accord with those of the past.
—Angela L. Miller, et al., American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity (2008)
What a fine collection of hats!
This is the first photographed woman ever, Dorothy Catherine Draper. Picture by her brother John William Draper, 1840