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CDV of Woman in a Scarlet Dress – Brady’s National Portrait Gallery (now identified after 4 years!)

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Posted 4 years ago

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rniederman
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This mid-1860s CDV caught my eye for a couple reasons. First, the amazing hand tinting of the woman produced a vibrantly colored scarlet dress. Next, the image comes from “Brady’s National Portrait Gallery” and includes a canceled 2-cent tax stamp (proprietary series) on the verso. Mathew Brady is best known for making portraits of celebrities and documenting the American Civil War. Cameras attributed to his studios are highly coveted by collectors - unfortunately I don't have a Brady camera.

However, this CDV includes a paste-on label covering part of the Brady stamp with the description: “Specialiste. Selby & McCauley Photograph Album & Carte de Visite Depot”. It seems that Selby & McCauley added their label to CDVs of famous people taken by firms such as; Israel & Co., E. & H.T. Anthony, Brady’s galleries, and others. Examples of CDVs with Selby & McCauley labels include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, and numerous civil war officers such as Major General Gouverneur K. Warren, General Edward Ferrero, Gen. Samuel Crawford and others.

Could it be that the woman in this picture was someone notable?

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Update (2016-06-09) ... Wow ... CW'ers are amazing and after 4 years posted in S&T the woman in this CDV is now identified as Miss Madelaine Henriques, a well known actress in the 1860s. Huge thanks go out to Celiene in putting a name to the image which answers my original question if the woman was someone notable. Lots of informative links appear below.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Nice image-- I don't recognize her, but the added resale label would suggest that she is someone!

    scott
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Excellent coloring,thanks for sharing.
  3. Kathycat Kathycat, 4 years ago
    Really Pretty!!!!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks Sean, mustangtony, and AR8Jason!
  5. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the comment, Scott.
  6. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, officialfuel!
  7. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks Eric and walksoftly!
  8. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    the coloring is gorgeous - a haunting image. thanks for sharing!
  9. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks Kathycat and Hardbrake!
  10. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 4 years ago
    She is lovely. It is such a wonderful photo too. If she is familiar to anyone they will easily recognize her from this image. Post it far and wide, I'll bet you get answers. Good luck. Thank you for sharing her.
  11. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, Hunter!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, egreeley1976!
  13. pops52 pops52, 4 years ago
    Really Beautiful!!!!!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the comment, Lisa-lighting.
  15. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks Phil, blunderbuss2, and pops52!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, Designer!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, kerry10456!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Thanks, toolate2!
  19. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  20. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  21. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, BHock45!
  22. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, freiheit!
  23. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
  24. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, antiquesareamazing!
  25. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, bratjdd!
  26. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, valentino97!
  27. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
    Thanks, aghcollect!
  28. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Thanks!
    martika
    Radegunder
    SpiritBear
    aura
  29. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 months ago
    What a rare find--I have never had a Brady, nor will I, unless someone slips one thru eBay. Then, I too would spend my days trying t0 identify her. MUST be somebody special! My great grandson, 20, collectes carte de visite, and especially tinted ones-- Wait til he see this--He haunts Antique stores all over AZ and has quite a collection, as do I. But what a GEM is this!!
  30. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Hi PostCardCollector ... thanks for the 'love' and comment. This image was an eBay purchase. I've seen numerous Brady Gallery images for sale ... and unlike this CdV, nearly all aren't very interesting. But examples with the paste-on label are uncommon.
  31. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 months ago
    You really know what you are doing. What will you find next!
  32. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 months ago
    Wondering if you can date the camera on the back of my photo as ad for photographer, OK Baker of Granville,N,Y. --if you see a posting of mine with old 1920 cards lined up==look at photo 2 & 3 please--postcardcollector. Lois--and many thanks!!!
  33. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    Here is an online collection of Brady-Handy Collection Originals - 5000 of them. Click on the 'View All' and have fun looking!

    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/brhc/
  34. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    OMG! I found her! And the only copy is ruined! She is Miss Madelaine Henriques!!!


    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cwpbh.02250/?co=brhc
  35. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    She was an actress. Here she is with the dress tinted blue on a Kodak Stereopticon!

    http://www.geh.org/fm/ST05/htmlsrc/m197914840031_ful.html
  36. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    She was born in 1841 died 1929.

    http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/ref/collection/19thcenturyactors/id/266
  37. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Celiene ... incredible detective work!!! Many thanks for identifying her.
  38. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    Proper spelling is Madeleine Henriques (It's spelled both ways.) Here someone has restored the bad negative and colorized in 2009.

    http://www.staylace.com/gallery/gallery05/index_actresses6.html
  39. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    You are welcome! She lived to 88! I can only find one reference to her. She was New York theatre @Wallack's. Her first (?) play at the age of 20 "The New President" in 1861 & one other in this book of AMerican Theatre from 1916!

    https://books.google.com/books?id=3PUsAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA193&lpg=PA193&dq=%22Madeleine+Henriques%22&source=bl&ots=VLAi2kxKAN&sig=j8wvvf3P7tK-rtJMviZcHvUEG98&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKlMa_45vNAhVV92MKHfiHCuQQ6AEITjAN#v=onepage&q=%22Madeleine%20Henriques%22&f=false

  40. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    Opps - much more about there. She married teh Editor of the NY Times, I.L. Jennings, and had a daughter Gertrude who also was an actress under the last names Jennings & Henriques in London's West End.

    This is her daughter!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_E._Jennings
  41. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    In 1867 Jennings married Madeline Louise Henriques, daughter of David M Henriques of New York.

    Her husband:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_John_Jennings
  42. scottvez scottvez, 6 months ago
    Great work celiene!

    scott
  43. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    Whoa - she would have EIGHT children! It's interesting, because she continued to act up until the 1920s. She must have moved back to New York after her husband died in 1893. Wow - he fought Boss Tweed, too! Her progeny are now part of Royalty, too. FASCINATING!

    In 1867 he had married Madeleine Henriques, a leading lady of the New York stage. In due course they would have eight children.

    With his early death, Jennings failed to make the impact on British political life which had hoped to make, and his major journalistic achievement — as Editor of the New York Times — was dissipated when he returned to England. But in his day he made a significant mark both as journalist and politician on both sides of the Atlantic, which well deserves to be remembered. Interestingly, politics would stay in the family: in 1898 his daughter Ruth married the eldest son of Charles Ritchie MP, successively Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1900-1903, who was later elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Ritchie of Dundee.

    http://www.victorianweb.org/victorian//authors/jennings/index.html
  44. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Thanks again, Celiene. I started Googling her name and there is a lot of material. You've confirmed our belief that the woman was someone well known.
  45. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    OK - I have to quit or I will start looking into their grandchildren et cetera! It's sad nothing more was written about HER, other than references in magazines about plays she was in.

    I LOVE research! It's kind of an obsession.
  46. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
    Celiene ... your enthusiasm and research skills are definitely an asset to this group. Thanks! - Rob
  47. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    This says she is raising her DAUGHTERS in England after her husband's death. I guess she had no sons.

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1913&dat=18941008&id=FcwgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hmoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5636,6011013&hl=en
  48. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 months ago
    WOW! Am I impressed Celiene...
  49. Celiene Celiene, 6 months ago
    Thanks! LOL - I always wish I could get someone to pay me to do what I love!

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