Group Portrait of Four Women and Three Children, 1850s-60s
Albumen silver print from glass negative by Franz Antoine (Austrian, 1814–1882). Inscription: Photographer’s stamp mount, recto, LR: “Antoine” [underlined]; Inscribed in ink on mount, recto, LC “Eugen A. // Marie Antoine Pepi Wöss Elise Höusermann // Marie A. Hermine A.”.from left to right: Eugen Antoine; Marie Antoine; Pepi Wöss; unknown woman ?; Elise Höusermann; Marie Antoine; Hermine Antoine.
Marie Antoine is wearing her polka dotted dress again (see photos in previous posts). Here we see the beautiful basque bodice. Note her handbag! What would she carry in it? The unknown lady is beautifully dressed and she has a very elegant waistline and fringe trimmed basque bodice. She wears a wristlet and holds hands with Elise. The creepy thing about this photograph is Hermine Antoine: where are her legs and feet? They are nowhere to be seen. Again, I suspect she might be crippled or somehow disabled. In all photographs she has a very strange posture, and on this photo her feet are not visible. Here is another photo of Hermine here where you can see something is the matter with the girl. She must be a very brave child. I love the portrait with her sister on this photo here.
Via: MET Museum