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Title [The Darned Club in a chair]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date October 29, 1891
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Alice Austen and three of her friends pose on the grounds of Clear Comfort (the Austen family home) in Rosebank, Staten Island. Alice Austen stands in back center, with Trude Eccleston to the left, Julia (Marsh) Lord to the right, and Sue Ripley in front. Although no chair is visible, it appears that Sue Ripley is seated in a chair, Trude and Julia are seated on the arms, and Alice stands in back of the chair. Inscription in lower left corner: "AA". Found in an envelope with inscription: "S.24 / A-1197 / No. 224 / The darned club in / a chair / Thursday Oct. 29, 1891 / See also / #224 1/2." Photo 50.015.5564 shows the same group.
(Keywords: Self Portrait, Posed Group, New York)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This photo features Alice Austen with her good friends Trude Eccleston, Julia (Marsh) Lord, and Sue Ripley. According to the book "Alice's World" by Ann Novotny, the group was given the nickname "The Darned Club" by the young men of the neighborhood, who felt excluded by the women's close friendship.
Earliest Date 1891
Latest Date 1891
Subjects Friendship
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Lord, Julia (Marsh)
Ripley, Susan S.
Catalog Number 50.015.5563
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2016.
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