The outdoor theater of the Piranhurst estate of Henry Ernest and Ellen Chabot Bothin, Montecito, California, 1917, hand-colored glass lantern slides by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The Bothin’s fortune was made in coffee and spices (San Francisco), real estate, and water. Their estate became famous in the 1920s for the parties and performances held in its 350-acre “Tea Gardens” — which included the clipped cypress theater shown here.
Today, the site is in ruins and is part of the Mar Y Cel open space preserve. There are histories of the property here and here.
“Three women, Lysekil, Sweden,” 1880s, a cyanotype by Carl Curman, via Swedish National Heritage Board Commons on flickr.
The woman at the top of the picture is Calla Curman, wife of the photographer.
For more images like this one, check out one of my favorite blogs, It’s About Time, which is currently posting a series, “Summer Women” — beautiful mostly 19th century paintings of women and children in the garden.