History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

15 May, 2014

The Studio Backdrop, Part Two

I never tire of looking at the painted backdrops in studio portraits. It fascinates me to see the ways people wanted to be depicted. I've posted on studio backdrops before; here is another set demonstrating the variety of painted backdrops seen throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

State Library of Queensland

A young bride with a stained glass window backdrop, ca. 1927. Source

Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

Prince Carl (later Haakon VII) of Norway with a coastal backdrop, 1883 (the description notes this version was a rephotographed copy made in 1906, hence the date in the lower right corner). Source

Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Two women with some kind of tropical Moorish conservatory backdrop, ca. 1856-1900 (tintype). Source

Preus Museum

Two boys with a seaside backdrop, 1895-1903. Source

State Library of New South Wales

An actress with an elabourate backdrop, Melbourne, 1884. Source

National Library of Ireland

A woman named Elizabeth Poole, Waterford, Ireland, ca. 1890. Source

Costică Acsinte Archive

It's fascinating how often people living somewhere cold want to be shown in that setting. Romania [?], mid 20th C. Source

Costică Acsinte Archive

Same backdrop, from the same studio photographer! Source

Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

With props, even! Norway, ca. 1860-1880 [?]. Source

Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

More snow and skis. Arctic explorer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen, Norway, 1890. Source

Bergen Public Library

Norwegian violinist Ole Bull with an interior backdrop, ca. 1875. Source

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

A couple with a very obvious backdrop, ca. 1940. Source

Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

A woman with a perspective-challenged backdrop, ca. 1856-1900 (tintype). Source

Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

A woman with an umbrella and leafy backdrop, ca. 1875 (tintype). Source

Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library

A man with a long beard and folk-arty backdrop, Texas, 1880s. Source

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Search This Blog