Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Meets Women's History Month

~ Young Girl ~
29 High St.

Photographer's Imprint

William Abernethy started his first photographic studio in Belfast in 1885. William claimed to have photographed four generations of the Royal Family. His son, Harold, photographed the Prince of Wales, later to become the Duke of Windsor.

At one point in his career, William had seven studios throughout the province; he and his assistants were known to average three hundred client photographs per day.

In 1900, William Abernathy was honored with a Royal Warrant in Belfast, as photographer to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. He photographed her during the Royal visit to Dublin in April 1900.

Queen Victoria either presumed preparing for, or recovering from, her grand Dublin review in 1900

Queen Victoria was never particularly enthusiastic about her kingdoms of the “Celtic fringe.” During her sixty-four year reign, she spent seven years in Scotland, seven weeks in Ireland, and seven nights in Wales.

It must have been exceedingly difficult to obtain a Royal Warrant in Ireland or Wales. Mr. Abernethy was very fortunate.


Ulster Ancestree

Reconciling the Celt: British National Identity, Empire, and the 1911 Investiture of the Prince of Wales
John S. Ellis, The Journal of British Studies, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Oct., 1998), p. 391; online JSTOR : accessed 15 March 2008.

Young Woman. Abernethy. Belfast. Cabinet Card. Unknown.
Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2007.


Blogger Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

You can get a real sense of the fabric in the girl's dress.
It brought back memories from over 30 years ago when I was a nanny for a very wealthy family in northern Italy. Their little girl was in kindergarten and she wore a freshly starched smock to school each day. It was lots of work to keep those smocks in perfect condition.
One trick was that after they were starched and ironed, we would hang them up on a rod with nothing touching, and then slip them on the little girl just before she walked out the door.
Evelyn in Montreal

March 18, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


What a beautifully written memory. It was almost as if I was there with the little girl brushing past me as she walked out the door.

You must write all about this one.


March 18, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

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