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Wonderful studio portrait of an imperious, intent young lady of the 1890s. Look at that expression of disdain and condescension. Her eyes are clear and piercing, as if she's judged the photographer, and found him wanting! She clearly is a young lady of means, who seems to be practicing to become queen! What a great story you could write, postulating about who she was - it certainly was something grand. . . .

What a fabulous dress she's wearing - the wonderful ruffled yoke trimmed with lace, over a bodice-front of ruched material, topped with a high collar; ruffled cuffs edged with lace; bows and ruffled trim around the lower part of her dress and her satin sash. All this is complemented by her upswept Gibson Girl hairstyle and the beautiful jewelry she wears on the hand she has artfully draped over the arm of her chair. The chair she's sitting in is regal, as is the studio background. All this would date the photo to the 1890s, near the end of the Victorian period.

The photo is clear and detailed, with beautiful lighting - a real favorite of mine. Image is mounted on a black cabinet card. The studio was Deakeimer, of Marion, Indiana, embossed on the front. Back is blank and subject is not identified.

Dimensions: Cabinet Card = 5-3/4" by 7-3/4" as a whole. Image itself is 4" by 5-1/2".

Condition: Excellent vintage condition overall. A handful of the tiniest white marks around the edge of the photo (where it mounts to the cabinet card). Two very faint dark lines at the right edge of the photo that have a little ridge on them; question if these occurred when the photo was mounted to the board. Can't really see them when looking at the photo straight on. Aside from these very minor items, photo image and card are clean, clear and in great shape!

Will ship in cardboard mailer for safe transit. Thanks for visiting.

Antique Cabinet Card Photo - Regal, Imperious Young Victorian Lady - Great Dress & Expression


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper, cardboard
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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