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E.B. Fay

American, active ca. 1870s

Empress Eugènie

ca. 1875
Albumen silver print
Image: 9 x 6 cm
Mount: 10.4 x 6.2 cm
Museum accession
1981.3448.0011
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Inscriptionsrecto (printed in negative): EMPRESS EUGENIE.
(printed): E. B. FAY, 704 BROADWAY, NEW YORK.
verso (applied label): Eugenie.
Into the Present, see! the Past has
reached,
And taken back its own, a faded
flower,
Its one-time lustre gone, its beauties
bleached,
An Empress long since shorn of
youth and power.
A thousand mem5ries [sic] cluster round her
pyre,
For one short hour return the
"sparkling years,"
The Tuilleries, like phoenix from the
fire,
Arise with all their wealth of laugh-
ter, tears.
A glitt'ring throng bend knee before
her throne,
Whose tottering none yet see, and
Europe waits,
In flattering silence, till the gods make
known
The stern decision of the brooding
Fates.
Again the pageant gathers, and the
hosts
Await her comingn [sic] decked in cos-
tumes brave,
But lo! the soldiers and the throngs
are ghosts
Who come to bear her escort to the
grave.
--William Wallace Whitelock in New
York Times.
(pencil): 7.106
(pencil): F
Terms
  • albumen process
  • albumen prints
  • Albumen silver print
  • portraits
  • royalty
  • published commemorative
  • Eugenie, Empress of France
  • cartes-de-visite

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