Backmark: “.Whitbeck. Successor to Forshew. Photographer. Hudson, N.Y. Duplicates may be procured at any time”
Date: c. 1880s- early 90’s
Subject: Bust of a Woman
Location: Hudson, N.Y.
This woman’s bodice is made from three materials (at least). The body and sleeves are plain colored wool, the lapels are velvet, and the false waist in the center is a lightweight striped silk.
Bodices from this period often opened up center front with buttons or hooks and eyes, and the false waist hooked over it to conceal the opening.
Her sleeves are slightly puffed, which was in style during the late 1880s and early 1890s. Could we see her skirt, it would probably be asymmetrically-draped, cylindrical in shape, with a small bustle.
She wears a tight bead necklace high on her throat, a pin of some sort at the front of her bodice neck, and small earrings.
Hair: Her hair is pulled back tightly into a bun at the nape of her neck. She wears her bangs short and puffed, a style which was popular throughout the 1880s and into the 1890s.