Margaret Granville Wandooline (“Wanda”) Stuart . . . posing with “Garrick” at her home in Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland, 1899, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland Commons on flickr.
Wanda was the daughter of P. W. G. Stuart, private secretary to the Governor of Queensland.
This is the last post in this week’s theme, “children made to pose in gardens.”
“Unidentified boy, seated on park bench, probably in Washington, D.C., holding book,” ca. 1920, by National Photo Company, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
I wonder if this isn’t a courtyard or garden corner of a college or university, rather than a park. Behind the boy are two adult coats, as well as books and files and at least one briefcase. Maybe he’s the son of a professor?
I love his wonderful sweaters and tweed shorts.
“Two boys sitting in a garden,” Orange, New Jersey, ca. 1860, cropped from a stereoscopic view, via Robert Dennis Collection of the New York Public Library.
The boys look a little as if they were sharing a secret joke.
They may have just been working in a garden plot of their own; there’s a cultivated space with a low rustic border on the lower right side. The boy on the right — with lilacs in his hat — is sitting in a small wheelbarrow, and there’s a child-size shovel or spade beside him. The other boy has a bunch of lilacs in his hand.
Lilacs, . . .
You are brighter than apples,
Sweeter than tulips,
You are the great flood of our souls
Bursting above the leaf-shapes of our hearts,
You are the smell of all Summers,
The love of wives and children,
The recollection of gardens of little children . . .
— Amy Lowell, from “Lilacs“
Another picture from a file of bookmarked photos I have labeled “children made to pose in gardens.”
“Three children in sailor suits,” between 1859 and 1910, in the Pyrénées, by Eugène Trutat, via Bibliothèque de Toulouse Commons on flickr.
I think the little girl has just about had enough. I like the way she has her hands in her pockets.
There is another photo from the Bibliothèque that I believe shows the same three children, captioned “Enfants Servell, 2 novembre 1905,” here.
“Four (vier) children holding hands in front of a wooden fence,” Indonesia, ca. 1924, attributed to Klaas Kleiterp, via Rijks Museum of Amsterdam.
This image is from a file of bookmarked photos I have labeled “children made to pose in gardens.” I really like the large freeform lattice arbor around them.