CARTE DE VISITE PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN IN PENZANCE, ENGLAND

This Carte de Visite features a very attractive and well dressed young woman. She appears to be in her teenage years or slightly beyond them. Her dress is very fancy and pretty. She is wearing a nicely decorated hat and is accessorized with a necklace and collar pin. Her hair is braided and it falls over her right shoulder. She is holding something in her hands and I am at a loss to identify what it is. Perhaps it is a handkerchief or a purse. The photographer of this cdv portrait is Robert H. Preston who operated a studio in Penzance. The town and port of Penzance are located in Cornwall, England. Robert Hawker Peniel Preston (1837-1931) was partners with Samuel Poole in the early part of his career. Later he operated his own studio until 1901. At some point, his son Richard Preston, worked with him in the photographic studio. Robert Preston married Harriet Snell Body and they had at least seven children. The advertising on the reverse of this carte de visite declares that Preston was one of the official photographers of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

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  1. That may be a folded parasol the young lady is holding.

  2. I believe that the young lady is carrying a be-ribboned parasol. A very charming photograph!

  3. Yes, quite charming. If she was fortunate enough to have this portrait done by the same photographer used by the Royal House, one can suppose this young woman was a woman of means, and probably lead an eventful life.

    Her hair is fashioned in a long ringlet, instead of a braid. – Another exquisite hair fashion of the Victorian Age. Thanks CC! I would love to have her sitting right here, in a frame right above where I paint. So “friendly”, and she possesses such an alive, quiet loveliness.

  4. This young woman’s hair is not done in a braid. It is done in a side curl, a hairstyle that was obtained by using curl paper (when the hair was not naturally curly). These kinds of curls could be worn all around the head. Also, the object she is holding seems to be an umbrella (sunshade).

  5. Golly, I left my parasol in the trunk and I forgot to pick up the chicken at market. – What a world…gone by.


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