August’s image – an unusual character

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This image, taken at the studio of Jno. Davis & Sons, Barrow in Furness, is one of the more unusual offerings from my collection. Family portraits are ten a penny, as are studies of fashionable men and women. This photograph belongs to an entirely different genre, the fascination of the Victorians with the grotesque side of society.

It is difficult to make out whether the sitter is male or female, in their everyday dress or dressed up for some theatrical occasion. What is noticeable is the girth of the subject, with the low cut neckline of the ‘dress’ accentuating the width of their  shoulders. The pillbox cap is of a type that men would wear, while the striped stockings reflect a more feminine aspect. Attempts have been made to discover who this person might be but so far no answer has been found.

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Special Occasions

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Looking through the c-d-v photographs in my collection, it seems that many were taken to mark special occasions. A recent clutch of images, taken in 19th century Germany, gave several examples of this trend. This first image shows a chubby baby, … Continue reading

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Fashion Parade

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One aspect of collecting carte de visite photographs is the ability it gives us to look back and see what our forebears were wearing during the second half of the 19th century. It has to be said that male attire altered somewhat … Continue reading

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Death by Camera

With the rising popularity of photographic portraits for all, photographers found ever more innovative ideas to get customers though the doors. It became fashionable, if that’s the word, to photograph those who were either very close to death or had actually … Continue reading

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The Pencil of Light!

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Light is the very essence of photography and its capture, as an image, taxed the minds of many in the early years of the 19th century. By the late 1840s  after many experiments with chemically coated surfaces, developers and fixatives … Continue reading

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Scottish visitors

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Well, here we are. 2017 has arrived and the world waits to see how this year will pan out. Here on the blog viewers are pouring in to visit the wide assortment of areas on the site. English photographers are the … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

Welcome, and A Happy New Year to All our Visitors old and new, from the World of the Victorian Photographer.

2016 was a great year for the blog and the aim this year is to hit the 90,000 visitors mark so keep dropping in. Best Wishes to All.

QVictoria (aka Christine Hibbert)

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