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Posted on 06/04/2013


Photo taken on October 28, 2010


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portrait
Târgu-Mureș
Maros Vásárhely
Austria-Hungary
Neumarkt am Mieresch
early photography
CDV
carte de visite
Transylvania
albumen print
photograph
vintage
antique
Ciehulski Péter


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Portrait of Szolga Vilma: detail

Portrait of Szolga Vilma: detail
albumen print on cardboard, carte de visite
Ciehulski Péter, Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș / Neumarkt am Mieresch), ca. 1875-1885
entry number: cdv.2010.05

The portrait of a woman identified as Szolga Vilma on the verso of the photograph. Her figure emanates correctness and stability - a pose enforced by the presence of the book she is holding in a gesture that hesitates between simulating a momentary interruption from reading and openly presenting it to the viewer. She might be a teacher or just a good Christian lady accompanied by her prayer book. Given the manner in which the book is shown, it is possible that a 1880s Transylvanian viewer was supposed to recognize it easily.

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