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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