PRETTY WOMAN INTERESTINGLY FRAMED IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

This cabinet card features a profile view of a beautifully dressed pretty woman. She is wearing a tennis racquet pin. The photographer of this image is J. W. Taylor of Rochester, New York. He framed the photograph in an interesting manner. The shape of the frame could be described as a scalloped rectangle. I have observed several cabinet card portraits framed similarly except the frame was shaped like a scalloped leaf. A photograph by J. W. Taylor appears in Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (1900). The photograph was featured as a good example of excellent portraiture. The subject of that photograph was “Jack Turner” who was described as “an English ex-pugilist of note”. To view other photographs by Taylor, click on the category “Photographer: Taylor JW”.

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  1. I don’t know why, but I get the feeling that this looks fake. The dress looks too small by the wrinkles at the upper arms, the pointed tips of the neckline look so stiff that it would constantly be poking her neck and throat. Maybe it just looks too good, I don’t know.

  2. This cabinet card could be fake but I am not sure why someone would fake this particular image. This photograph is not very collectible, thus not very valuable. Most fake cabinet cards have subjects that collectors clamor for (ie, Native Americans or Famous People). You bring up an interesting point about the poor fit of the subject’s clothing in this portrait. It is possible that the woman in this image borrowed someone else’s clothing to wear in her portrait. It is also possible that she wore clothing that was made available to her by the photographer. Some photographers kept clothing for subjects to costume themselves. A third possibility for the poor fitting clothing is that the woman in the photograph had gained weight since buying or making the clothing that she is wearing. I imagine that you are correct about the fit of the woman’s clothing being uncomfortable. However, during that era, comfort was not a priority in women’s fashion. Appearance usually trumped comfort.


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