Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
Upper body studio portrait photograph of Edward Hearle Rodd (1810-1880), seated and reading a book. Rodd was born in St Just in Roseland, and, after qualifying as a solicitor, settled in Penzance. He was a keen ornithologist and wrote a large number of papers for The Zoologist and the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall. He is credited with rescuing many rare birds in Cornwall from oblivion and adding several bird species to the List of British Birds. Photographer: Unknown.
© From the collection of the RIC
Dummy Board of a Girl in Costume of the William and Mary Period
Wooden painted screen dating from around 1689-1702. Dummy boards were usually placed in empty spaces, such as a staircase or empty fireplace, in large houses. They may have been amusement pieces, created to trick the eye into thinking the painted boards were real people. This kind of painting, known as trompe l'oeil, was very popular at the time. The girl is pictured wearing fashion typical of the period including a long gown with sleeves to the elbow to show an under-sleeve of white lace and a black silk pinner (apron). Her hair is worn high with a frontage headdress. She is carrying a spaniel on one arm and holding a black mask in her other hand. These masks were sometimes worn by women when walking or riding outdoors to protect the face from sunburn. During this period it was fashionable to have pale skin.
© RIC, photographer Mike Searle
Two young woman dancers of the Lisu minority people wearing traditional headdresses
Two young woman dancers of the Lisu minority people wearing traditional headdresses. The Lisu, one of Chinas 56 minority peoples, came from eastern Tibet in the 10th century CE. Most of the 878 000 Lisu live in Yunnan Province, of whom four-fifths are Christian. Some live in Arunachal Pradesh in India. Husa District, Longchuan County, Yunnan Province, China
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