newzealand lass_0001The Edwards studio produced this cabinet card portrait of a pretty Victorian woman. She is wearing a beautiful dress with a lace collar and lace sleeves. She is also wearing a lot of jewelry including a lovely necklace, ring and bracelet. Frederick William Edwards was well known in Auckland for more than his photographic skills. He was also a gifted athlete. According to the Observer (1888), Edwards was one of the best and most popular athletes in and around Auckland. he was “best known in aquatic and gymnastic circles” but he also had an impressive sports career in rowing. In addition, he was  a noted rugby player.

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  1. What smoldering dark eyes! She has a gypsy look about her with her wild flowing hair, flamboyant necklace, and fur throw. Perhaps she is part Aborgine descent?

  2. There is a blog on Early New Zealand Photographers where one can see more photos of F. W. Edwards and read a newspaper article of 1888.


  3. Such dark mystery! I love it when a subject’s personality cannot be suppressed by Victorian mores and an unnatural fear of a photographer hidden behind his plates and curtains. Her soul is simply too powerful to be denied.

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