Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sepia Saturday 93 - vintage carte de visite (with sideburns)

From Alan's post in this week's Sepia Saturday I've picked out the theme of sideburns. Perhaps this was not the most obvious of themes but it's one that struck me the most. Also, as I've not posted carte de visite for a while I thought I'd shelve the vintage postcards for this week and share a CDV instead. There's no clue as to who this person is, but he does bear a striking resemblance to Colin Firth ... maybe a long lost relative. The annotation on the back of the card simply reads, For Nelly, 1866.

Carte de visite, c.1866, by photographer Davy, 77 Union Street, Stonehouse Devon

Back of the Carte de Visite


    

14 comments:

  1. The Sideburns are fine and dandy, indeed I quite like a fine set of whiskers myself. I think it's the hat that is bothering him. He seems to be going boss-eyed just looking at the brim

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  2. The sideburns on the Sepia Saturday photo really impressed me too.

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  3. At first I thought it was a fake beard and sideburns.

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  4. The sideburns are definitely amazing. But, the real hit for me is the cane and the fine detailing on the table - is that a mermaid?

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  5. I didn't even notice those sideburns until you mentioned them. They are quite outstanding. I remember a guy in my painting class back in the 1960's who had sideburns that would match these two men.

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  6. @Kristin - I guess sideburns were mandatory to attend a painting class in the 60's.

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  7. A nice portrait indeed, but the pose and three-quarter length style are not particularly typical of the mid-1860s. The date 1866 appears to be written in a different hand, and I would be a little cautious assuming it is accurate. John Lane Davy appears to have operated his studio at 77 Union Street, Stonehouse between 1870 and 1873, and I wonder therefore if this portrait perhaps dates from a few years later.

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  8. Oh he is gorgeous, I could quite fancy him ...but I don't fancy sideburns ...and he's a bit old for me ;-)Wonderful photo.

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  9. A very striking pose of a man about town. Whoever he was the photo card is a treasure.

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  10. That's a fine set of muttons!

    I recently found a newspaper clipping showing my great-greatgrandfather in Scotland standing a street corner that I stood on 100 years later. It's the only photo I have of him and he has the most glorious mutton chops.

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  11. A fine photo. I have a virtual collection of image files on the amazing varieties of gentlemen chin hair styles in the 19th century. I have a theory that the choice of some sideburns/mutton chops came from a military career.

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  12. @Brett - yes, I'm always 'nervous' about accepting hand written dates as facts, and I think your amalysis is probably correct.

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  13. Spectacular face fuzz - but his jacket looks so untidy - the sleeves are too wide and his lower jacket buttons are undone. Perhaps it was the Rebel Fashion of the day - like not tucking your shirt in today :-) Jo PS: like Marilyn, I quite fancy him - he looks a wee bit dangerous!

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