Amazing Victorian Photography by Julia Margaret Cameron


The Gardener’s Daughter by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867 via


Magdalene Brookfield by Julia Margaret, 1865 via


Mary Ann Hillier by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1873 via


Lionel Tennyson with bow & arrow by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1863 via


The Rosebud Garden of Girls by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868 via


Gretchen by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1870 via


Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria de Neubourg, Queen of Spain in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo (1878)

Ruy Blas is a tragic drama by Victor Hugo. The scene is Madrid; the time 1699, during the reign of Charles II. Ruy Blas, an indentured commoner (and a poet), dares to love the Queen, Maria de Neubourg. The story centers around a practical joke played on the queen, by Don Salluste de Bazan, in revenge for being scorned by her.


Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Maria in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo via


Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Maria in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo via


Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Maria in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo via

Amazing Photos by Pierre-Louis Pierson of the Duc d’Aumale Estate (1870s)

Pierre-Louis Pierson - Group Excursion on Duc d'Aumale Estate

Pierre-Louis Pierson, Group Excursion on Duc d’Aumale Estate, 1870s, France via

Pierre-Louis Pierson On the Grounds of the Estate of the Duc dAumale

Pierre-Louis Pierson, On the Grounds of the Estate of the Duc d?’Aumale, 1870s, France via

Pierre-Louis Pierson Group Excursion on Duc d'Aumale Estate

Pierre-Louis Pierson, Group Excursion on Duc d’Aumale Estate, 1870s, France via

Two Well-dressed Victorian Couples by Pierre-Louis Pierson (1870s)


Pierre-Louis Pierson, Young Couple (Circle of Duc d’Aumale), 1870s, France via


Pierre-Louis Pierson, Military Officer and Woman (Circle of Duc d’Aumale), 1870s, France via

Pictorialism from the Turn-of the-Century Photo-Secession Movement

The Photo-Secession was an early-20th-century movement that promoted photography as a fine art.

A group of photographers, led by Alfred Stieglitz and F. Holland Day in the early 1900s, held the then controversial viewpoint that what was significant about a photograph was not what was in front of the camera but the manipulation of the image by the artist/photographer to achieve his or her subjective vision.

The movement helped to raise standards and awareness of art photography. Proponents of Pictorialism, which was the underlying value of the Photo-Secession, argued that photography needed to emulate the painting and etching of the time. Pictorialists believed that, just as a painting is distinctive because of the artist’s manipulation of the materials to achieve an effect, so too should the photographer alter or manipulate the photographic image. Among the methods used were soft focus; special filters and lens coatings; burning, dodging and/or cropping in the darkroom to edit the content of the image; and alternative printing processes such as sepia toning, carbon printing, platinum printing or gum bichromate processing.

The “membership” of the Photo-Secession varied according to Stieglitz’s interests and temperament but was centered around the core group of Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Clarence H. White, Gertrude Käsebier, Frank Eugene, F. Holland Day, and later Alvin Langdon Coburn.


 Mending Nets by Alfred Stieglitz. Carbon print, 1894 via



 “A Study” by Gertrude Käsebier. Platinum print, ca. 1898 via


By Clarence H. White, 1871 via


Actress Minnie Maddern Fiske by Fred Holland Day, created ca. 1895-1912 via


The Brass Bowl by Edward Steichen. Photogravure on tissue-thin Japan paper. Literature: Camera Work 14, 1906 via


Minuet by Frank Eugene, Photogravure on tissue-thin Japan paper. Literature: Camera Work 30, 1910 via

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 The Bubble by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Gum bichromate over platinum print, 1908 via 

A Colection of Vintage Photos Feat. Lady Randolph Churchill

Lady Randolph Churchill (1854 – 1921), born Jeanette (Jennie) Jerome, was the daughter of a wealthy New York stock broker. She was one of 350 Dollar Princesses marrying into British aristocracy to save their estates.

In 1874 she married Lord Randolph Churchill, the third son of John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane. Their son was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

She was part of the Prince of Wales’ set (Queen Victoria’s son) and a close confidante of the man who would become King Edward VII (and who was rumoured to have been one of her lovers). Their crew had a fondness for fast living and tattoos – Jennie had a snake design curling around her wrist (source).

Throughout her life she wore the finest fashions of the age, setting trends in striking creations by Worth and maintained her luxurious standard of living even when running desperately short of funds. She was lavish in the way she lived – her clothes, her affairs, the energy she poured into furthering Winston’s career – and unapologetic, even when society scorned her for marrying men young enough to be her sons (her second husband, George Cornwallis-West was twenty years her junior and her third, Montagu Phippen Porch, was even younger (source).

Lady Randolph Churchill, 1875 via


Lady Randolph Churchill via

Lady Randolph Churchill, 1877 via

Lady Randolph Churchill, 1895 via

Lady Randolph Churchill via


A Photo Collection of Vintage Circus Performers


Circus Performer c.1905-15 via


Trapeze artist, 1870s via


Lizzie Marguett acrobat, 1910s via


Strong man & acrobats in costumes, 1910s via

Della Royal Mrs. Rhoda Royal sits in a 2-wheeled cart decorated with flowers and harnessed to her world famous horse, Glendive, as taken from a 1906 handbill

Mrs. Rhoda Royal and Glendive, 1906 via


Acrobats, 1910s via


Lion tamer via


Lady circus artist (Mademoiselle Marville) on her horse. She performed at the Moulin Rouge in Paris the Belle Epoque era. Photographer: Walery, Paris, pre-1905 via

A Collection of Photos featuring “Golden Girl” Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924)

Born in New York City to British immigrants, Lotta Crabtree (1847 – 1924) would go on to become one of the wealthiest and most beloved American entertainers of the late 19th century. She was an actress, comedian and also a significant philanthropist.

Crabtree achieved the height of her success in the 1870s and 1880s. She had danced her way to fame as an adult actress on the stages of England. In the 1880s she was the highest paid actress in America, earning sums of up to $5,000 per week.

Lotta never married, although she was escorted by a number of men. She was still playing children’s parts until the end of her career, and marrying might have cut into her act as the ingénue.

Her life story was filmed as Golden Girl in 1951.


Lotta Crabtree via


Lotta Crabtree, 1870s via


Lotta Crabtree via


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Actress Lotta Crabtree,  c. 1868 via


Lotta Crabtree at the height of her career via


Lotta Crabtree, c. 1870 via


Lotta Crabtree via