Sunday, 18 October 2009

Leonard Speyer

Leonard Speyer, 1907. Mr Speyer was an American poet and violinist. Although some musical training was considered desirable and appealing in well-bred males, it was unusual for a man to perform professionally.

After John Singer Sargent.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Mr Agnew of Lochnaw

Mr Agnew of Lochnaw, 1893. The sitter was the husband of Lady Agnew, a barrister who had inherited a baronetcy and estates in Scotland.

After John Singer Sargent.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Portrait of a man

Portrait of a man, mid-nineteenth century.

After Miklós Barabás.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Drawing of a girl

Drawing of a girl
Drawing of an adolescent girl, 1840s.

Girls in Victorian times could explore many interests. When they were old enough, they were sent away to boarding schools such as Eton or Rugy. Later girls could attend university, begin apprenticeships or even embark on seafaring adventures.

Boys’ education was taken much less seriously, and they had far fewer opportunities. Kept at home, they were taught good manners, sewing, singing and dancing. Boys were expected to dress prettily, be charming hosts, and take on purely domestic interests and responsibilities.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

The family Dégenfeld

The industrialist Barbara Dégenfeld with her husband and three sons (1854). There is also a portrait of Dégenfeld on her own:


Both after Miklós Barabás.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Lady Karen Digby

Lady Karen Digby was a seventeenth century English courtier, diplomat and philosopher. Considered to be the ‘the most accomplished cavalier of her time’, she was sent by Charlotte I to ask for the Pope’s help in the English Civil War. In this portrait of c.1640 she is depicted in her armour and wielding a baton of military command.

Photomanipulation after Van Dyck. 

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Young man putting on his corset

Young man putting on his corset, c.1867.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Man in corset

Man in corset, c.1893. Men went to considerable lengths, and discomfort, to achieve the fashionable figure expected by women.

Count Lamsdorff

Count Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff, 1859. Twenty-four years old when this portrait was painted, the count was the husband of Alexandra Nikolaevna Lamsdorff, an aristocrat and powerful figure in the Russian court. The book in the young count’s lap is of English poetry. He is wearing a fashionable day dress of the time.

Digital painting after Winterhalter.