THE HONORABLE LORD ASHBOURNE: CHANCELLOR OF IRELAND AND FATHER OF THE WOULD BE ASSASSIN OF MUSSOLINI (CAB CARD)

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The London Stereoscopic Company produced this cabinet card portrait of the Honorable Lord Ashbourne. The title Lord Ashbourne was created in 1886 for Edward Gibson (1837-1913), the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Gibson was appointed Ireland’s attorney general in 1877. His daughter, the honorable Violet Gibson (1876-1956) is known for her attempted assassination of Italy’s Benito Mussolini in 1926. She shot him three times while he sat in a car but merely lightly wounded him. After nearly being lynched by a mob, she was deported to England where she spent the rest of her life in a mental institution. An image of the verso of this cabinet card can be found below. The advertising reveals that the London Stereoscopic studio was photographer used by Britain’s royal family. It is also stated that the studio has won medals for photography in many cities throughout the world. It is also interesting to note that the advertising advises customers that free photography lessons, studios, and darkrooms were available to their clients. To view other images by the London Stereoscopic studio, click on the category “Photographer: London Stereoscopic”.

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PORTRAIT OF TWO LOVELY LASSES IN BELFAST, IRELAND

irish ladies_0001Two young women wearing dark dresses pose for their portrait at the Abernathy studio in Belfast, Ireland The standing woman delicately rests her hand on the arm of the seated woman. The seated woman is holding a folded magazine or newspaper on her lap. The photographer’s name and address on the bottom of the cabinet card is gold gilded. Note the royal symbol on the center bottom of the photograph and the small print underneath advertising that Abernathy was a royal appointed photographer. William Abernathy began working as a photographer in 1885. At one point in his career he had seven studios in his province. One source reports that his studios averaged three hundred sittings per day. In 1900 he received a royal appointment and photographed Queen Victoria during her visit to Dublin.

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EARLY MOTOR CAR AND CHAUFFEUR IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

This unusual cabinet card is by William McCrae, art photographer located at  Berkeley Road in Dublin, Ireland. His studio was opposite the Mater hospital. He was formerly located at Lafayette. This image features an early motor car and chauffeur. The previous owner of the photograph asserted that this car’s registration plate (ik-29), indicates that the car was from Dublin and the time of the photograph was sometime after 1904, when registration plates were introduced.

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LITTLE GIRL IS OFF TO THE RACES IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

A cute little girl with a wonderful smile sits atop a rocking horse at Lauder Brothers studio in Dublin, Ireland. She is holding the reins of the very detailed rocking horse and her young mother poses behind the girl, in position to keep her daughter securely on the horse. The Lauder gallery had two locations,  32 Westmoreland Street and 45 Lower Sackville Street. Lauder Brothers studio began operation as a daguerreotype studio on Capel Street in Dublin in 1853. The owner of the studio was Edmund Stanley Lauder, who died in 1895. Lauder Brothers was in business on Lower Sackville Street between the 1850’s and 1904. It was operated by a number of members of the Lauder family. Business directories list the studio as Lauder Brothers between about 1880 and 1884.. Edmund Lauder’s son, James Stack Lauder (1853-1923),  founded the Lafayette Studio in 1880. He became the first Irish photographer to be granted the Royal Warrant. He earned this honor after photographing Queen Victoria in her Golden Jubilee year (1887). James Stack Lauder had three brothers who also became photographers. The brothers names were George Marsh Lauder (1858-1922), Edmund Stanley Lauder Jr. (1859-1895), and William Harding Lauder (1866-1918).

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LOYAL ORANGE LODGE MEMBER IN TROY, NEW YORK

This Cabinet Card is a great image of a member of a fraternal organization. The image has great clarity and the image of the sash is very detailed. The previous owner of this photograph reports that the subject of this photograph was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge. The Orange Institution (Orange Order) is a Protestant fraternal organization based mainly in Scotland and Ireland. There are also some lodges in the Commonwealth and in the United States. The Orange Lodge organization was founded in 1796 in Ireland. The organization has had strong ties to unionism. The name of the group is derived from King William of Orange. An article appears in an  1874 edition of the New York Times that reports that the State Grand Orange Lodge Meeting was being held in Troy, New York which is the location that this photograph was taken by Lloyd’s studio. James H. Lloyd’s photographs can be found in National Magazine (1906) in a story about photographing architecture. In addition, the Photographic Journal of America (1891) announces that Lloyd was awarded a certificate of merit by the US State Department for a photograph of the Troy Polytechnic Institute. The photograph had been exhibited at the Paris Expositon.