Maud Branscombe

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    A c.1880 CDV by Napoleon Sarony of New York of actress and 1880s "it" girl Maud Branscombe. A great example of Sarony's style and masterly use of light.

    More information on the photographer can be found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Sarony

    The historical Miss Branscombe has proved much harder to pin down - apparently she was an English clergyman's daughter who jilted her fiance at the altar, changed her name, and became an actress - at least, that is what a slightly tongue in cheek contemporary profile in the New York Times states. She's also name checked twice in James Joyce's novel 'Ulysses'. One of the most photographed women of her day, she seems to have come from obscurity - back into which she likewise later disappeared.
    query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9806E3D9143FEE3AB...

    josefnovak33, fotobarat2, and 49 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. BeautyOfThePast 97 months ago | reply

      indeed. what beautiful eyes. great shot.

    2. postaletrice 97 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on your research work! It's a pleasure to read.
      And yes, she has such shining, piercing, eyes.

    3. postaletrice 97 months ago | reply

      In fact...

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage Eyes That Speak, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      :-)

    4. jake_sylvester 94 months ago | reply

      She had her 15 minutes of fame, like so many "wanna-be" celebrities today.

    5. johncurtisrea 88 months ago | reply

      Nice portrait!

    6. Jose Javier Martin Espartosa 84 months ago | reply

      Gran Testimonio Histórico
      Great Historical Testimony
       ºNEORETROºpor druidabruxux6quot; height=160
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    7. Ana Rodinsky¨ 84 months ago | reply

      Gran Testimonio Histórico
      Great Historical Testimony
       ºNEORETROºpor druidabruxux6quot; height=160
      www.flickr.com/groups/neoretrovintage/

    8. Infinita_ 84 months ago | reply

      Gran Testimonio Histórico
      Great Historical Testimony
       ºNEORETROºpor druidabruxux6quot; height=160
      www.flickr.com/groups/neoretrovintage/

    9. CatJoySees 53 months ago | reply

      what a beauty!

    10. GregHausM.D. [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

      Weirdly beautiful woman!

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