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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 9 years ago

    rniederman
    (323 items)

    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?

    **********************

    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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    Comments

    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Nice image-- I don't recognize her, but the added resale label would suggest that she is someone!

      scott
    2. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      Excellent coloring,thanks for sharing.
    3. Kathycat Kathycat, 9 years ago
      Really Pretty!!!!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks Sean, mustangtony, and AR8Jason!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the comment, Scott.
    6. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, officialfuel!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks Eric and walksoftly!
    8. Hunter Hunter, 9 years ago
      the coloring is gorgeous - a haunting image. thanks for sharing!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks Kathycat and Hardbrake!
    10. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 9 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, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Hunter!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, egreeley1976!
    13. pops52 pops52, 9 years ago
      Really Beautiful!!!!!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the comment, Lisa-lighting.
    15. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks Phil, blunderbuss2, and pops52!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Designer!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, kerry10456!
    18. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, toolate2!
    19. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, f64imager!
    20. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, BHock45!
    22. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, freiheit!
    23. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
    24. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, antiquesareamazing!
    25. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, bratjdd!
    26. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, valentino97!
    27. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, aghcollect!
    28. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      martika
      Radegunder
      SpiritBear
      aura
    29. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years ago
      You really know what you are doing. What will you find next!
    32. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years ago
      She was born in 1841 died 1929.

      http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/ref/collection/19thcenturyactors/id/266
    37. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Celiene ... incredible detective work!!! Many thanks for identifying her.
    38. Celiene Celiene, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years ago
      Great work celiene!

      scott
    43. Celiene Celiene, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years 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, 5 years ago
      Celiene ... your enthusiasm and research skills are definitely an asset to this group. Thanks! - Rob
    47. Celiene Celiene, 5 years 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, 5 years ago
      WOW! Am I impressed Celiene...
    49. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Thanks! LOL - I always wish I could get someone to pay me to do what I love!

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