Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mid 19th Century Daguerréotypical Hairstyle

At my daguerreotypes (mid 19th century photo’s), and the dags I spot on the internet, a lot of the ladies have a ‘strange’ hairdo. I couldn’t imagine how it would look like in real life, but now I found a site from Anna Allen who recreates mid 19th century dresses and hairstyles. She has her own company making these dresses and she participates in living history.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gloria Swanson studio portrait

Gloria Swanson studio portrait, 1920.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Queen Victoria & Family

Engagement of Victoria, Princess Royal in 1855. Photo by George Washington Wilson.

The Royal Family standing around the seated Queen Victoria, at the time of het eldest daughter Victoria's, the Princess Royal, engagement with Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, 29 September 1855.

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee 1897 Online Scrapbook

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Double 6th plates daguerreotype Husband & Wife

Double 6th plate daguerreotype, ±1850.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Crimean War: Captain Jasper Hall

Captain Jasper Hall of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot near a flagpole (Roger Fenton, 1855).

This site displays some letters written by Captain Jasper Hall to his father and sister whilst serving in the Crimea. Among many other things he writes about some of the ‘trophies’ he has collected to send home including a flag, ‘ must keep it for me, I intend it some day to cover my wife’s piano and keep the dust from it”. 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Byzantine Brunettes

Mucha: Byzantine Head - The Brunette (1897)

Unknown artist(s): Empress Theodora and Her Attendants, south wall of apse, Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy (547)

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Queen Victoria Self-Portrait, 1845

Queen Victoria self-portrait, 1845

In 2011 I showed a self-portrait of princess Victoria, created when she was 16 years old (and still a princess). The sketch above shows her at the age of 25. The portrait was inscribed by Victoria: "Ball dress May 19, 1845".

Colored drawings by Queen Victoria

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Casper van Wittel - Villa Farnese at Caprarola

Villa Farnese at Caprarola by Casper van Wittel (Amersfoort, 1653 - Rome, 1736).
Painted in 1720-1725.

June 2011 I posted this painting by Casper van Wittel with the caption 'Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati'. Last week this post received a comment by Ludovico Maraini claiming the building depicted is in fact Villa Farnese at Caprarola (a town 50 kilometers north-west of Rome). It took me a while to verify this intel (there is also a Palazzo Farnese and a Villa Farnesina in Rome) but it turned out to be entirely correct. And what a magnificent building it still is!  

Villa Farnese (also called Villa Caprarola) was initially built as a pentagonal fortress by the cardinal Alessandro Farnese in 1530, according to a project of the architect Antonio da Sangallo, one of the most important architects of the time. After four years the project came to an halt when the cardinal was elected pope in 1534 under the name Paul III. His grandson, also named Alessandro Farnese, turned the partly constructed fortified edifice into a villa in the second half of the 16th century.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Waterloo Veteran of the Month: Monsieur Dupont

Veteran Pierre Dupont 

Honoré Pierre Dupont who was fourier (quartermaster?) for the 1st Hussar. Here he is standing with a Mameluke sword.

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