Dress Ca. 1872.
Dress Ca. 1872.
Charles Caryl Coleman (1840-1928)
“Quince Blossoms” (1878)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, United States
Bodice late 1800′s.
French silk evening gown with chiffon ruffles, circa 1888.
1899 Walking Dress..
The Thames at Westminster, 1871, Claude Monet
Angel, 1887, Abbott Handerson Thayer
Pope Formosus and Stephen VI - The Cadaver Synod, (1870) by Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921)
Elizabeth Jane Cochran
(May 5, 1864 - January 27, 1922)
Known as ‘Nellie Bly’ was a 23 year old Journalist without a job when she walked into the office of Joseph Pulitzers in 1887’ and was given a daunting assignment- to expose the horrors of the Blackwells Island Insane Asylum. Joseph did not give her a concrete plan on how he was going to get her out, but he promised her that he would achieve this somehow. This was by far her biggest and scariest assignment yet- She rehearsed religiously- she played mad, undoubtedly demented and referred to a ‘hopeless case’ by the Doctors who admitted her. She was in fact such a good actress that the Doctors diagnosed her as critically insane. Once she got to the ‘Mad House’ she dropped her act and no one seemed to notice. As she stated, “The more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be.” She witnessed and dealt with the horrible conditions first hand. She was forced to take ice baths, freezing nights, both psychical and mental abuse, as well as dirty place she was forced to sleep. The doors were individually locked and the windows were chained. There was no plan in case of a fire. “What, expecting torture, would produce insanity quicker then this treatment? Take a perfectly sane, healthy woman, shut her up and make her sit from 6am to 8pm on straight back benches, do not allow her to talk, nor move during these hours. Give her no reading and let her know nothing of the world or it’s doing. Give her bad food and harsh treatment- and see how long it will take to make her insane. Two months, and this would make her a physical and mental wreck.” Nellie Blys assignment came to an end, spending one week in the ‘Mad House’ when she was finally rescued by Joseph.
The Doctors and nurses were full of excuses. Blys story forced many changes to be made. In addition, just under $1 Million (25 million today) was appropriated to the Department of Public Charities and Corrections. Allowing for a better, safer place to help individuals who were mentally ill.
“Ever since Miss. Brown had been taken away everything is different. The nurses are very kind, and given plenty to wear. The Doctors come to see us often and the food has improved greatly.” - A women Bly had befriended during her stay.
Charles Frederick Worth
Dress: Court Dress designed for the Imperial Russian Court
Fabric: Green Velvet and Silver Moirè
Designer: Charles Frederick Worth
Dance Class at the Opera, 1872, Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
121 Gilded Avenue Foyer.
Late 1890s - A Trip Through Paris, France (speed corrected w/ added sound)
The port of Copenhagen in the late 1800s. We’re facing North and the area to the right is the home of the navy. The row of houses on the left is Nyhavn.
Source: Københavns Museum
Woman’s Dress… c. 1885..
George Dunlop Leslie - Fortunes (1870) (art detail)
It’s one of Leslie’s most celebrated pictures, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1870.
The title of the picture derives its name from the game, better known to modern audiences as ‘pooh-sticks’, whereby the girls are casting flowers into a stream, to predict their marital fortunes. Some have a smooth course, while others are less lucky. Dunlop Leslie’s aim, however was to 'paint pictures from the sunny side of English domestic life, and as much as possible to render them cheerful companions of their possessors.’
Alexandre de Riquer The Four Seasons (1889)-Spring.