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Title Lewis Austen & self in Middle room dressed for Charity Ball
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date March 29, 1894
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Alice Austen and her cousin, Lewis Austen, pose in formal attire. Alice sits in an upholstered chair. Her dress has exaggerated leg-o-mutton sleeves, and she wears a large floral corsage and a tiara. In her left hand she holds a partially open folding fan. Lewis is next to her, sitting on the arm of the chair and leaning against a desk; he wears a dark suit with a white shirt and white bow tie. They are in the middle parlor of Clear Comfort (Austen house). At right is a potted plant on a ceramic pedestal. Inscription "E.A.A" in lower left corner. The original negative sleeve has Alice Austen's handwritten inscription: "Lewis Austen & self / In Middle room dressed / for Charity Ball / Flash box & a half / 10 ft, 9 PM / Thursday March 29th 1894".
(Keywords: Self Portrait, New York, Tuxedo)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Photographer Alice Austen and her cousin Lewis Austen posed for this photo before attending a charity ball. The event was described in a New York Times article: "The nineteenth annual ball for the benefit of the S.R. Smith Infirmary, Staten Island's charity hospital, was held to-night in the German Clubrooms here. It was the first society event of the post-Lenten season on the island and was largely attended. The rooms were tastefully decorated with tapestries. Across the front of the stage was a bank of flowers and plants, among which were placed scores of blue and red fairy lamps..."
Earliest Date 1894
Latest Date 1894
Subjects Interiors
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, Lewis H.
Catalog Number 50.015.5423
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2013.
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