Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Edward Sackville, later 4th Earl of Dorset, attributed to William Larkin, 1613 England, Kenwood House
William Larkin did brilliant texture work, especially on textiles, and his faces often had a near-photographic quality. One thing he wasn’t so good at, however, was coming up with unique poses. Many of his portraits are holding this exact pose. The differences (besides the faces) might be in embroidery, the color/style of the clothing or little background details. Sometimes the poses were flipped. You’ll notice that the next picture I’m posting is almost identical to this one.
Self-portrait of the Artist with his Wife Suzanne Cock and their Children by Cornelis de Vos, 1630’s the Netherlands, the State Hermitage Museum
The Williamson Family by John Mix Stanley, 1841-42 US (New York?), the Metropolitan Museum of Art
I think the child is a boy, but I’m not entirely sure. The clothes and hair are awfully feminine, but that toy horse is damning. Tough one.
The world’s first colour footage - shot in 1902 by Edward Raymond Turner (featured in the sixth gif) - England.
Ad for the London Underground by F C Witney, 1913 England
via vintage-ads on LJ. (Having so much fun looking through these posts.)
Court suit, 1770 France, The Mint Museum (Randolph Rd)
Worn to the wedding of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. I’ve seen this suit a number of times in person, but I never knew this.
Cartoon from the Aug 7, 1895 issue of Puck: “The bicycle - The great dress reformer of the nineteenth century!”, 1895 US
Saint Eligius as a Goldsmith by Petrus Christus, 1449 the Netherlands, the Met Museum
The standing man and woman are buying a wedding ring, which is being weighed in that little scale. To the left of Saint Eligius (or the goldsmith - there’s controversy as to who it represents) is a convex mirror showing the road outside his shop. Seen in this mirror are two foppish men, one who is holding a falcon.