Victorian Art Appreciation: La Joie des choses by Armand Point


La Joie des choses/The joy of things, 1884
by Armand Point (1860 - 1932)

Painting of a young lady walking through a sunlit field with an expression of quiet happiness on her face as she gently runs her fingers through the soft, nodding heads of wildflowers along her path. I love the bright splash of orange ribbon around the straw hat that she is carrying in her right hand. It really stands out against the mainly muted colours in the rest of the painting. I found the original file on Wikimedia here but you can also download my colour-enhanced version (5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG) without a watermark here. Great as a cover for a journal or a scrap book but you could also use it as a note or greeting card.

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Vintage Illustrated Template: Rain Pictures with Young Victorian Lady Sheltering under a Tree


The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected;
I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend.
Without at least some rain in any given day,
or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight
and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.
Douglas Coupland, Life After God

A pre-made template featuring an antique illustration of a young Victorian lady waiting with her umbrella under a tree for the rain to pass. You can use this as a background for your creative collage, junk journal or graphic design projects with a nature or outdoor theme.

You can download the high-resolution 11" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Trade Cards (VTCs) with Spring Flowers: Baskets of Forget-Me-Nots and Snowdrops



A pair of Victorian trade cards from circa 1890 with illustrations of spring flowers. The first shows a basket of blue forget-me-nots while the other contains a basket of snowdrops. Can be used as vintage-style greeting cards and gift tags or for decorating scrapbook pages and junk journals. You can download the high-res 4" x 6.5" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark here and here.

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Public Domain Victorian Poem for Nature Lovers: In Garden-land by Augusta Hancock


A Victorian poem in celebration of nature, written by Augusta Hancock in 1893. Here is the poem in full:

IN GARDEN-LAND
In the garden-land of Nature
The smiling daisies blow,
With hearts kissed gold by sunshine,
And lips like winter snow;
The little winds play o'er them,
And dewdrops from above
Rest on them with the nightfall,
Like sparkling crowns of love.

On the misty slopes of sky-land
When sunlight ebbs away,
The daisy-stars of Heaven
Unfold as fades the day;
On sapphire banks they open,
Each set in radiant light --
The flowerets of the angels
That watch the livelong night.

In the world of busy workers,
'Mid turmoil and 'mid strife,
Are seen sweet girlish faces,
Like flowers that brighten life,
Their songs ring through our sadness,
Their laughter fills the air --
God's daisies fresh and heaven-sent
To blossom everywhere.

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Public Domain Victorian Poem for the Nursery: A Song from Mother to Daughter (Kid's Poetry, 1879)


Here is the poem in full:

Play, baby, in thy cradle play --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
Grow, baby, grow, with every day --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And babyhood will pass away,
For quick goes time, quick, quick!

Not long can mother watch thee so --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
To pretty girlhood thou wilt grow --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
To womanhood, before we know,
For quick goes time, quick, quick!

Play, baby, in thy cradle play --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And quick goes time, quick, quick!
And some brave lad will come some day --
Tick goes the clock, tick-tick, tick-tick;
And steal my baby's heart away;
Ah, quick goes time, quick, quick!

You can download the full version of the poem as it was originally printed here. Lovely as a framed print but can also be used in a Mother's Day card or baby album.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Steampunk Style Lady in Hussar Jacket from October 1897


Antique black and white fashion illustration from an October 1897 issue of The Delineator. The dressy top-garment here shown elegantly made of velvet and miroir moiré is an Eton jacket or coat fashionably known as the Hussar jacket. It is closely fitted by a center seam, underarm gores and single bust darts and is closed invisibly at the center of the front, where the lower edge is becomingly pointed. The fronts are elaborately trimmed with jet passementerie and the wrists of the coat sleeves are decorated to match. Over the coat sleeves, circular bell sleeves, box-plaited at the top, hang in large flutes and are trimmed with two knife-plaited ruffles of chiffon. Chiffon is also formed in a stylish ruche that is arranged about the flaring Medici collar and secured at the throat with ribbon ties. The felt braid hat is low-crowned and is trimmed with tips, a bird of Paradise aigrette and a silk rosette.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Hairdressing Styles by W.J. Barker from 1875


A page from from Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine from 1875 showing the newest hairdressing styles (mostly consisting of elaborate braids) by W.J. Barker located at 36, Twenty-Ninth Street (four doors west of Broadway) in New York City. To download a free, high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Vintage Illustration for Cardmaking, Collage or Crafts: Three Generations of Edwardians in the Garden, 1904


Three generations of Edwardians - a grandmother, mother, and two children - gather together in the spring garden for a Mother's Day celebration. You can download the high-res 8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for Mother's Day card, collage or craft projects here.

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Vintage Art Nouveau Template for Garden Journal or Card Making: Belle Époque Sundial with Old-Fashioned Hollyhocks


An art nouveau style illustration from a vintage postcard dated December 27, 1916. I love the depiction of the sundial and hollyhocks underneath a shady tree. It is such a quintessential cottage garden scene. I think this would make a really pretty greeting or invitation card but you could also use it as a background for journaling or scrapbooking. You can download the high-res 7" x 5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any words here.

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Vintage Fashion Illustrations: A Quartet of Victorian Ladies in Fancy Hats (Set 1)


Four black and white illustrations of Victorian ladies wearing fancy bonnets and hats from 1875. Can be used in crafts or junk journals, as stamping graphics or to embellish cards and scrapbook pages. You can download the high-res 8" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Victorian Trade Cards (VTCs): Linden Bloom Perfume Ad with Young Girl Blowing Soap Bubbles


First-generation digital scan of a Victorian trade card from the late 19th century, produced by Foote and Jenks, perfumers from Jackson, Michigan. The front of the card shows a young Victorian girl holding a tea cup and blowing soap bubbles while the back of the card extols the virtues of the various perfumes and powders sold by the company. You can download the high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEGs without a watermark for crafts or junk journal projects here (front) and here (back).

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Printable Public Domain Victorian Sheet Music: Pompadour Galop (Young Ladies' Journal, July 1, 1886)


A page of Victorian sheet music, originally published in the July 1, 1886 issue of the Young Ladies' Journal. The arrangement is called "The Pompadour Galop" and was composed specifically for the publication by James Fitzgerald. You can download the high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Public Domain Victorian Children's Fantasy Poem: The Toll-Gate (Poetry for Kids)


This little poem, entitled "The Toll-Gate" was written and illustrated by Rudolph F. Bunner (1860 - 1931), a noted illustrator and painter. It was originally published in the December 1895 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. Here is how it goes:

There is a toll-gate hidden away,
Half in the fields, and half in the trees,
Where the children, the elves, and the fairies stray,
With footsteps facing the twilight breeze.

The fairies and elves can pass through free,
But a child must pay for the toll with a song,
Before the fairy land it can see,
And this must be said, or it all goes wrong:

"I believe in the Three Little Bears,
And the Prince that climbed the Mountain of Glass,
And I know how the Wild Swan's sister fares, --
So open the gate and let me pass."

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): Valerie with Bouquet of Red and Pink Roses (from 1914)


Original, first-generation digital scan of a vintage French real photo postcard (RPPC) postmarked October 18, 1914. This hand-tinted card shows a pretty young lady wearing a green gown with a gold embroidered bodice. She is holding a bouquet of red and pink roses. In the background is a path winding across a stone bridge nestled in the scenic French countryside. You can download the free high-resolution 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Vintage Real Photo Postcard (RPPC): Jeanne with Basket of Flowers (from 1912)


An original, first-generation digital scan of a vintage French real photo postcard (RPPC) postmarked August 23, 1912 and sent to Madame E. Mamlour-Eisman from Jeanne. This card shows a pretty young lady with a frilly lace shawl posing with a basket of flowers on her shoulder. You can download the free high-resolution 3.5” x 5.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Vintage Fashion Illustrations: Edwardian Ladies in Floral Frames 1


"I would always rather be happy than dignified."
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

"Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men."
Joseph Conrad, Chance

Two black and white illustrations that originally appeared in a 1904 issue of French fashion magazine, La Mode Illustreé. These antique graphics show profiles of Edwardian woman enclosed within a floral frame (I think the flowers are yellow tansy). One is wearing a hat and the other seems to be deep in thought. You can download the free high-res 14" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, junk journals or mixed media art projects here.

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Printable Public Domain Nursery Rhyme: Sing a Song of Sixpence


An illustrated version (from 1883) of "Sing a Song of Sixpence," an old nursery rhyme that probably dates back to the 18th century. This printable sheet music with scenes from the song can be used as a gift wrap, in a decoupage creation or to embellish scrapbooking and graphic design projects. You can download this free high-res 8" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion Illustrations: Victorian Ladies in Fancy Hats from 1892


"Life is like a new hat. You don't know if it suits you
if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror."
Shirley McLaine

A partial page from an 1892 issue of French fashion magazine, La Mode Illustrée that shows three styles of hats for Victorian ladies. You can download a free high-res JPEG without a watermark for crafts, scrapbooking and other graphic design projects here.

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Victorian Wedding Illustration: A Bridal Party (from January 1867)


"What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life –
to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?"
George Eliot

A Victorian wedding illustration from January 1867. The image shows a bride and her three attendants as they wait for her to walk through the church doors and down the aisle. The bride has donned a luxurious cape with ice-blue trimming and lined with richly embroidered lace over her simply cut gown while her mother looks very much the grand matron in elaborately ruffled flounces and bright scarlet. You can download the free high-res 13" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Food History: Victorian Recipe for Anise Cake from Young Ladies' Journal, February 1, 1898


A Victorian recipe for anise cake (although it sounds almost like a biscuit/cookie recipe) from the February 1, 1898 issue of The Young Ladies' Journal. No indication of how hot the oven should be so some experimentation required! You can download the free, high-res 4” x 4” @ 300 ppi recipe card here.

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Victorian Trade Card (VTC): Vintage Parker's Tonic Ad Featuring Young Lady in a Sunny Yellow Bonnet


“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

A Victorian trade card featuring the image of a demure young lady wearing a sunny yellow bonnet and holding a posy of red flowers in her left hand. This illustration initially appeared in a late 19th century advertisement for Parker's Tonic. You can download the high-res 5” x 7.5” @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Taking an Airing (Dressed for the Outdoors)


An antique fashion illustration that shows a group of four women and one child in a park, elegantly dressed in styles from the year 1860. The description of the outfits, from left to right, are as follows:

Fig. 1. -- Dress of apple green taffeta, shaded with black, a spray of leaves broché in black, at regular intervals; corsage plain and high; sleeves demi long, and of a narrow pagoda shape, trimmed with flat bows of apple green ribbon, as are the skirt and corsage, in a continuous line. Bonnet of peach blossom crape, with a fall of blonde. Rich lace shawl, lined with black marceline.

Fig. 2. -- Dress of summer poplin, with bars of mauve, or down stripes of black, crossing the white ground; each breadth is separated by a ruche of mauve-colored ribbon, and bows of the same extend down the side breadths. Ceinture or waist ribbon of the same, with flowing ends, also shoulder knots. Black lace bonnet, with field flowers.

Fig. 3. -- Dress of blue challais, solid color, trimmed with ruches of the same material. Leghorn garden hat.

Fig. 4. -- Walking-dress of plain taffeta, in ten flounces; each flounce bordered and headed by a plain row of black velvet. Drawn hat of white silk.

Child's dress of pink challais, with tablier front. Net for the hair, tied to the right with a knot of black velvet ribbon.

You can download the high-res 9" x 14" @ 300 ppi (1800 x 2850 pixels) JPEG without a watermark here. Lovely as a framed print but can also be used as a cover for a journal or in other graphic design projects.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Gilded Age Promenade Costume (Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, January 1875)


A black and white fashion engraving from the January 1875 edition of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine. The following is a description from the publication:

Nos. 1 and 2 gives a front and back view of a promenade costume. The skirt is of black gros-grain silk, and is trimmed with a deep box-plaited flounce, each plait ornamented with a band of ribbon velvet. The overskirt is of gray cashmere, very long at the back, and undraped and arranged in a triple box-plait, which is sewed into the waistband, and the plaits laid evenly the full length of the skirt, and tacked in several places on the side, to keep them in position. The front is pointed, and is closed by buttons and buttonholes after being trimmed with a band of velvet, the trimming extending around the lower edges, and also up the centre of the back-breadths. Close-fitting basque-corsage, also of cashmere, belted at the waist, and trimmed with velvet to correspond with the overskirt, both the front and back of the corsage having a band of velvet laid evenly with those on the skirt, and ornamented with buttons. A sleeveless close-fitting jacket is added, made of black velvet, closed at the neck only, immediately under the standing collar. The amount of material required is twelve yards of black gros-grain silk, six yards of double-fold cashmere, and three yards of velvet. Black velvet hat, decorated with feathers and gros-grain ribbons, intermixed with velvet.

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Vintage Advertising: How to Get Supper Quickly Without Changing Your Gown!


Some compelling marketing from a vintage ad by Marion Gas Company in 1910:

It's easy if you own a Regal gas stove. You can't appreciate the saving in time, temper and money effected by a Regal gas stove until you have used one. It is as great an improvement on a coal stove as the latter is on the old-fashioned fireplace. The Regal is the secret of happy housekeeping. At the touch of a match, it gives an intense heat just where you want it -- instantly controllable. No smoke, no smell, no coal to bring up, no ashes to carry out. No fallen cakes, burnt bread, nor delayed meals. Quick, reliable, and economical. All the Regals have large baking ovens with the heat scientifically distributed. They make baking and roasting a real pleasure. Every Regal is guaranteed for three years. Set up in your kitchen, attached, and ready for use, without extra charge. Prices, $7.50 to $35.

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Victorian Fashion Illustration: Dresses of Silk (Peterson's Magazine, December 1857)


A fashion illustration in full colour from my collection of Peterson's Magazine, December 1857 issue. The magazine describes the dresses as:

On the left, a dress of black silk, trimmed with nine rows of black velvet, graduated in width, and edged with black lace. The body is made with a basque and berthe, and trimmed to correspond with the skirt. The sleeves are of the pagoda shape, open on the inside of the arm.

On the right is a dress of chestnut-colored heavy silk. The skirt is very full, and trimmed on each side with two rows of velvet of a darker shade of brown than the silk. A row of velvet buttons is placed down the side of each band of velvet. The body is made without a basque, but with lappets in front, edged with a brown silk fringe. There is also a berthe formed of velvet and fringe. The sleeves are very wide, made with a cap or jockey, and trimmed to correspond with the body.

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