Expert guide dating victorian family photographs
She is the only professional photograph expert who has relevant academic post-graduate qualifications and fashion history training.
Because we see houses every day and know them from our history lessons, most of us carry around in our heads a subconscious inventory of house forms.I’ll start off the list with something I learned while following the advice of a Flickr friend.No one does creepy quite like the Victorians, and as The Museum of Ricidulously Interesting Things has discovered, a combination of long exposures, wriggly children and a lack of Photoshop, led to some very creepy photos indeed.The two men and the boy all wear the smart lounge jackets fashionable during the 1880s, tailored with neat high lapels and finished down the front edges and on the collars with silk braid binding.Professional dress historian, portrait specialist and photo ‘detective’, Jayne is familiar to family historians and costume enthusiasts world-wide through her photograph books and fashion history guides; expertise in dating photos from the Victorian and Edwardian periods and later; regular photo dating and dress history columns in genealogy, family history and social history magazines; monthly photograph blogs for the genealogy website Findmypast; and her attendance at a range of events, including expert photo dating at the annual Who Do You Think You Are? With a BA (Hons) degree in History, a MA degree in the History of Dress (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London) and seven years’ curatorial experience at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Jayne is a highly-qualified, academically-trained historian and portrait (artworks and photographs) specialist.As an independent consultant, using her in-depth knowledge of fashion history and over 30 years’ accumulated experience of studying historical images, she has personally dated and interpreted many thousands of family photographs, postcards, cartes de viste, cabinet cards and hundreds of oil paintings, portrait miniatures, drawings and silhouettes.
Jayne offers a unique, personalised picture dating and analysis service to family historians, local history groups and any individuals or organisations requiring help with historical photographs and portraits in all media.
From a research point of view, if you don’t have the original photograph in your possession, it would be very helpful for you to request from the owner a view of the whole mount and, ideally, of the back of the card, where the most detailed information was generally displayed.
It was usual for our ancestors to visit a photographer close to home, and so if you could discover the city or town in which this studio was located, this would be an ideal starting point for identifying these past family members.
A close rival in popularity to the photo posts is Useful Tips for Reading Handwritten Documents which became a long list of tips and tricks generated by comments from you and from State Records staff.
It got us thinking…we create a similar list of useful tips for dating photographs?
Hopefully the presence of children born between the mid-1870s and late-1880s may give you some clues as to who these well-dressed family members could be.