22 August 2012

Alice de Azevedo de Bettencourt

Alice de Azevedo Gomes de Bettencourt was a Portuguese sculptor, born in December 31 Dezembro 1895, died in June 11 1957. Her teacher was the artist Teixeira Lopes.

21 August 2012


Crinoline Shop 1860s, by Eugene Atget

Crinoline Dressing c.1850-60, by London Stereoscopic Company

18 August 2012

Amélia Rey Colaço

Amélia Schmidt Lafourcade Rey Colaço Robles Monteiro (1898—1990) was a portuguese actress and theatre director. Considered the most prominent figure in the portuguese theatre of the 20th century, she received very early an education in the Arts - her father, Alexandre Rey Colaço, was a pianist, composer and a tutor of the princes, and her grandmother, Madame Reinhardt, had a literary and musical salon in Berlin.

She decided to go on the stage at the age of 15, after watching, in Germany, the plays from the austrian director Max Reinhardt. Colaço had her debut in 1917, in the play "Marinela" by Benito Pérez Galdós. In order to play her character, a rude vagrant, she learned, how to walk barefooted wearing only rags, in the garden of her stately house.

In 1920, Colaço married the actor Robles Monteiro and in the next year,the couple founded their own theatre company - it would be the most longlasting of Europe with a timespan of 53 years. The company strove for the social dignification of actors and organized a very ambitious repertoire, defying the censorship. Distinguished painters such as Raul Lino, Almada Negreiros and Eduardo Malta collaborated in the cenography. Alternating between classical and modern, the Rey Colaço-Robles Monteiro Company encouraged the portuguese dramaturgy performing plays by António Ferreira, José Régio, Alfredo Cortez, Virgínia Vitorino, Carlos Selvagem, Romeu Correia, Bernardo Santareno, Luís de Sttau Monteiro, among others. It also daringly revealed (considering the dictatorship of the time) authors like Jean Cocteau, Jean Anouilh, Lorca, Brecht, Valle Ínclan, Alejandro Casona, Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Pirandello, Eduardo De Filippo, Max Frisch, Ionesco, Dürrenmatt and Edward Albee.

Throughout her life and career, Amélia Rey Colaço was cherished by the public and the ruling class, receiving several special mentions. She was friend of the Queen D. Amélia de Orleães. In 1974, with the democratic revolution, and realizing she will be considered a symbol of the old regime, Colaço suspends the company (it would only be oficially extinguished in 1988). However she continued to act, even in television productions. Her last role was, at the age of 87, D. Catarina, in the play "El-Rei D. Sebastião" by José Régio. She died in Lisbon, in 1990.

16 August 2012

Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history and was most noted as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognised for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

10 August 2012

9 August 2012

On the beach (2)

A.C. Express 1905, from Shorpy Historical Photos

William J. Day 1910

Charles Delius, c. 1910

William M. Vander Weyde, Atlantic Citiy Beach, c. 1905

William M. Vander Weyde, Atlantic Citiy Beach, c. 1905

c. 1902

Norman C. Deck, Taieri Beach - New Zealand, 1909

Atlantic City Beach Study, 1900 animated stereo by Tiophene Guy

8 August 2012

Romeo and Juliet

Mrs Patrick Campbell as Juliet and Johnson Forbes Robertson as Romeo - Lyceum Theatre, London, England, c. 1895

7 August 2012

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies


Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862) was born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when she was around five years old, with her parents being killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa until her death in 1880.

6 August 2012

Victorian Burlesque

Late 19th century american starlets of variety entertainment: (whether VaudevilleMusic Hall, or Victorian Burlesque, I can't be certain...)

Vernona Jarbeau c.1885

(all images via)

Victorian burlesque, sometimes known as travesty or extravaganza, is a genre of theatrical entertainment that was popular in Victorian England and in the New York theatre of the mid 19th century. It is a form of parody in which a well-known opera or piece of classical theatre or ballet is adapted into a broad comic play, usually a musical play, usually risqué in style, mocking the theatrical and musical conventions and styles of the original work, and often quoting or pastiching text or music from the original work. Victorian burlesque is one of several forms of burlesque.

Like ballad opera, burlesques featured musical scores drawing on a wide range of music, from popular contemporary songs to operatic arias, although later burlesques, from the 1880s, sometimes featured original scores. Dance played an important part, and great attention was paid to the staging, costumes and other spectacular elements of stagecraft, as many of the pieces were staged as extravaganzas. Many of the male roles were played by actresses as breeches roles, purposely to show off their physical charms, and some of the older female roles were taken by male actors.

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