Was this woman a suffragette?
QAmong my collection of unidentified family photographs is this picture of a couple, who I believe to be my great grandfather’s brother and wife.
There are no indications as to when and where the photograph was taken. However, I was once told that the lady is wearing a suffragette pin. Is this correct? Sarah Smith
AThis photograph is presented on a standard carte de visite- style mount, suggesting that a professional photographer was hired to visit this open-air location. The setting seems to be a garden, with the central image ‘framed’ using the vignette technique, whereby the peripheral details fade away.
The couple are well-dressed and are marking a special occasion, judging from the lady’s picturesque floral posy and the man’s starched winged collar and white necktie – formal neckwear reserved for important events.
It seems likely that they are newly married, although we cannot be certain because the ring (or rings) usually displayed by a bride in a wedding photograph are not visible here.
The style of the lady’s costume, comprising a smart tailored skirt and white blouse with full sleeves, accessorised with a summer straw boater hat, together with her companion’s turn-of-thecentury three-piece lounge suit and semi-formal bowler, date the image to c1895–1902.
This firm time frame should help by confirming, or disproving, your thoughts concerning identity and occasion. Jayne Shrimpton