“Reading the paper in a Gympie[, Queensland,] garden,” ca. 1871, by Edward H. Forster, via State Library of Queensland Commons on flickr.
Edward Forster was a professional photographer who worked in and around Gympie, a gold-mining town in eastern Australia, during the 1870s. Many of his photos feature local families in front of their cottages.
‘Gympie’ is an aboriginal term for Dendrocnide moroides, a stinging shrub in the area.
Petit Trianon, Versailles, France, between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900, a photochrom by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
One hundred and two years ago today. . .
“The Dutch queen Wilhelmina and princess Juliana [and their little dog] as snowmen [or sneeuwpop],” January 21, 1913, The Netherlands, via Nationaal Archief Commons on flickr.
“Conservatory interior looking southwest,” Rockwood, near Wilmington, Delaware, 1982, by David Ames, via an Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (all photos here).
Built between 1851 and 1854 in the Rural Gothic Revival style, the estate still exists as the Rockwood Park and Museum.
Designed for Joseph Shipley, a member of one of the leading Quaker mill-owning families in the area, Rockwood is an unusually complete and effective statement of early Victorian taste in the tradition of A.J. Downing and John Clauduius Loudon. The mansion house reflects both early Victorian romanticism and the picturesque merger of irregular architecture and naturalistic landscape. When taken in conjunction, the architecture, the plan, the garden and the remaining furnishings depict a total physical sensibility that is fast vanishing from America.
– 1986 HABS report
“Conservatory, detail of cast iron columns looking northeast.”
“Conservatory, roof and northwest wall looking north.”
More winter gardens are here.
Stokes-McHenry House, 240 S. 2nd St., Madison, Georgia, 1939 or 1944, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
This porch is certainly a strong contender for “best in latticework.” The woodwork around the front door is not bad either.
The house was built in the 1820s in the Federal style. The porch was given its current Italianate and Gothic features in the 1850s. It still stands — the property of descendants of its original owners.