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Free Victorian Fashion Illustration for Cardmaking, Collage or Framed Art: Edwardian Ladies in Party Dresses 1

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery!
It's the art of never seeming bored,
of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles,
of being fascinating with nothing at all.
Guy de Maupassant

A vintage fashion illustration from 1904 showing a trio of young ladies gathered round for a conversation during a party.

You can download a free ready-to-print 8.5" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here for holiday nvitation cards, party announcements, reception menus or incorporate it in a collage or junk journal.

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Free Victorian Fashion Illustration: Ladies Setting the Table (Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, 1875)

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

"Nos. 1 and 2 are illustrations of the front and back of a dinner dress of rose-colored poult de soie. It consists of a train-skirt, trimmed with one deep scantily gathered flounce, edged with a knife-plaiting four and a half inches in depth, set on to form a heading. The overskirt is composed of clusters of upstanding folds, two in number, each cluster being strapped on either side with a fine shirred band, and are each connected behind on the train-breadths of the skirt by tied sashes of pink silk with fringed-out ends. These two clusters of folds are each edged with a fine knife-plaiting, giving the appearance of a double tablier. The corset is of the cuirass shape, trimmed with piped folds, and the neck is decorated with a fichu of plaited crêpe de Chine, edged with a fluting of the same. For the making of this dress thirty yards of poult de soie will be required."

You can download a free ready-to-print 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any words for cardmaking, collage or DIY wall art projects by clicking here.

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Free Victorian Fashion Illustration: Ladies' Capes (Eaton's Catalog, 1901)

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between

Imagine being able to pay $3.50 for a black brocaded satin cape (with plainer trimmings) and a mere $12.00 for a black brocaded silk cape, lined with India silk, and trimmed with lace and silk ruching. Those were the good old days, right?

Here is an ineteresting page advertising ladies' capes in a 1901 catalog from T. Eaton Co., later known as Eaton's, a Canadian department store chain that was once the largest in the country.

You can download this catalog page as a free ready-to-print 9" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without any watermark for cardmaking, collage or DIY wall art projects by clicking here.

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Public Domain Victorian Poem: Twilight by Augusta Hancock

TWILIGHT
by Augusta Hancock
(originally published August 19, 1893)
In the tender hush of twilight,
When the summer day is o'er,
And the little waves are rippling
On the golden-tinted shore,
Comes the western wind's soft dream-song
With sweet echoes evermore.
Come amid the gathering shadows,
As they linger long and low,
Visions fair and fancies fleeting,
From the misty years ago;
With the old-time memories stealing
Ever softly, to and fro.
Comes again a loving echo
Like a lingering refrain,
From those voices in the gloaming
With their gladness and their pain;
And the never-failing sweetness
Of that long-remembered strain.
Comes the dewy breath of comfort,
Comfort for the souls that weep, For the hearts that faint with sorrow
'Mid the shadows long and deep;
For the twilight brings the rest-time.
And to God's beloved, sleep.
Featured paintings, from top to bottom:
(1) Evening by the Lake by Max Nonnenbruch (1857 - 1922)
(2) Autumn Sunset by Jakub Schikaneder (1855 - 1924)
(3) Scirocco, 1885 by Ralph Wormeley Curtis (1854 - 1922)
(4) Never Morning Wore to Evening but Some Heart Did Break by Walter Langley (1852 - 1922)
(5) An Evening by the Sea by Alfred Stevens (1823 - 1906)

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Public Domain Victorian Poem: Sadness by S. E. Everett

Painting ia titled "Symphony in Green"
by Alfred Stevens (1823 - 1906)

SADNESS
by S.E. Everett
(originally published 1867)

My heart is filled with strange unrest;
I'm sad, I know not why;
This world seems all a weariness,
From which I fain would fly.
It is not that I envy those
By fortune more caressed;
Nor is it strife with worldly foes,
That brings this wild unrest.

My friends are true, the world is kind;
My wants are well supplied;
Nor can my wishes be defined,
Or tell what I'm denied.
Yet strange it is, my heart is sad;
The days are long and drear;
And oft I wish their measure had
Fulfilled their courses here.

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Victorian Art Appreciation: St Martin-in-the-Fields by William Logsdail

St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1888
by William Logsdail (1859 - 1944)

About the paiting
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a painting of a child street vendor outside the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.
[Source: Wikipedia]

Logsdail painted this picture from a vehicle stationed for weeks at the kerb-side in Trafalgar Square, his feet covered with straw to protect them from the cold. It is the most famous of his series of London scenes. The view highlights the plight of child street sellers, and would also have reminded contemporary audiences of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ riots which had taken place in Trafalgar Square a few months before. During the demonstration thousands of people, demanding the right to free speech, were brutally attacked by armed police and troops.
[Source: Tate]

If you like, you can download my digitally enhanced version (8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG) of the painting here. Interesting addition to a junk journal project or simply print and frame for DIY wall art.

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Free Vintage Illustrated Templates: Edwardian Lady Travelers Journal Pages (Set 2)

Why do you go away?
So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Two pre-made templates featuring antique illustrations of Edwardian lady travelers. The first template shows a lady in a dress of emerald green trimmed with wide bands that feature sparkling stars. The second template shows two ladies in heavy jackets and skirts that are stylish yet sturdy enough to withstand travel on dusty roads. These templates can be used as travel journal cards, invitation cards or other general announcements.

You can download the high-resolution 11" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEGs here (lady in green) and here (ladies in monochrome).

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