Curious Hand-Illuminated Victorian Photo Album (ca. 1862)

JF Ptak Science Books     Post 2525

I found this collection of photographs a number of years ago, mostly for the way that some of the decorated panels were not outfitted with photographs.  The photographs were made in the early 1860s (one is dated 1862) and the decorations I take it were made by hand at the same time or thereabouts.  

One of the most interesting images is this family portrait–it has one of the most elaborate manuscript “frames”, and it also depicts a space ship in the background. Well, not really–but it is an interesting design for what I suspect was an (iron?) conservatory or greenhouse.  Also handling the photograph in person led me to the very minor discovery that the curled up and sleeping dog was an extra and “photoshopped”–that is, added after the photo was made, a cutout of the dog pasted onto the print. No doubt it would have been difficult to have a dog sitting there for a long period of time with the family without moving given the relatively slow exposure time in 1862.  I find that detail, that the family though enough of the dog to paste it into the final/finished project, to be very touching.  

Each sheet measures about 16″x 16″   The originals are available on the blog’s bookstore, here.

Victorian album _16_

 

Victorian album _17_

 

Victorian album _15_

 

Victorian Album _14_

 

Victorian album 19

 

Victorian album _13_

 

 

Victorian album 18

  Victorian Album _12_

Victorian Album _11_

Victorian Album _10_

 

Victorian album _8_

 

Victorian album _6_

 

Victorian album _5_

 

Victorian album _4_

 

Victorian album _3_

 

Victorian album _1_

 

Victorian Album _2_

 

Victorian album _7_

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