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.)

Comments:

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.

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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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