Woman in white with hair comb

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What it is:

Cabinet card measuring 4.25 x 6 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.  (The bottom portion, which would typically contain the name and location of the photographer, has been trimmed off.)


The outfit and the soft focus give it such an ethereal, angelic quality, while the face, though handsome, conveys a quality that is not the same as angelic innocence.  And yet these two qualities are somehow not in conflict in this image.  I find it quite a striking effect.

4 comments on “Woman in white with hair comb”

  1. Angelic indeed – both her dress and her hair have “wings”.

  2. I love a good play with focal length. Quite regal, this subject.

    • I agree. I have another that’s similar, and I can’t decide if it’s the same woman or a sister or cousin, but the dress is plainer, the photographic style is more straightforward, and the effect is entirely different.

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