Our garden is full of spring flowers and that provided the inspiration for this month’s blog. Flowers, along with other plants, and birds, were a favourite theme for the ‘carte de visite’ designs of Victorian photographers. As can be seen below, flowery garlands, sprays and bouquets were often entwined around details of the photographer’s studio. Roses, lily of the valley and convolvulus can be identified, which is more than can be said for some of the flowery motifs. Many flowers had a special significance and the ‘language of flowers’ was familiar to many Victorians.
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A collector of Victorian photographs for many a long year. I'm interested in both the individual photographs and the studio advertising on the 'backs' of the images, Victorian graphic design at its most varied and interesting. My collection of "cartes de visite" photographs is housed in plastic pockets within a series of albums, numerically arranged in order as they are acquired. There are now roughly 3000 photographers and images in all. I use directories, newspapers and genealogical information to research the life and work of each photographer and their studio but there aren't enough hours in the day. This photo is one of my collection, chosen for the gentle expression in the face of the sitter. View more posts