Friday, September 10, 2010

dreamland

Happy Friday!

Pierre-Louis Pierson, The Queen of Hearts, Albumen silver print, 1861-63

The Countess de Castiglione (1837-1899) created a sensation when she dressed as The Queen of Hearts for a masked ball in 1857. The photograph above commemorates the Walewski ball, although it was made several years after the event. She came as an apparition, always beautiful . . .

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and sweet dreams . . .

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