Victorian & Edwardian Actresses

Your correspondent has just discovered a new favourite photographer—Mr. Alexander Bassano (1829-1913)—via a Flickr set of Victorian and Edwardian actresses collected by pufferfish_76.

One’s inner nerd can’t help but marvel at the resemblance actress Daisy Hancox seems to bear to another actress, one Carrie Fisher; albeit some forty years before there was a Carrie Fisher.  Also of note is the timeless quality of the Mary Clare photograph, which seems like it could have been taken yesterday.

Daisy Hancox by Bassano 1916, originally uploaded by pufferfish_76.

Rosie Campbell by Bassano 1919, originally uploaded by pufferfish_76.

Evelyn Laye by Bassano 1917, originally uploaded by pufferfish_76.

Julia James by Bassano 1913, originally uploaded by pufferfish_76.

Mary Clare by Bassano 1914, originally uploaded by pufferfish_76.

Sheila Hayes as Moy Fah Loy in ‘The Yellow Jacket’ by Bassano 1913, originally uploaded by pufferfish_76.

You can also see literally hundreds of Bassano portraits at the UK National Portrait Gallery’s online collection.

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