I now have art work chosen by my Great, Great grandfather, and also see the people that hopefully he brought happiness to when capturing them in his work.
Jayne Shrimpton offers a professional service dating and interpreting photographs and artworks for family historians; local history and genealogy groups; museums and archives; art dealers and galleries; TV networks and production companies.
Jayne's formal visual training and experience of working across all artistic and photographic media, combined with her extensive fashion history knowledge, has given her a unique skillset, ideal for successfully interpreting historical images.
After decades of advising family and local historians and academic researchers, she understands the importance of time and place and can explain each photograph, painting, drawing and silhouette, revealing its historical context.
Wealthy subjects had many fashionable ensembles to choose from, whereas ordinary working-class ancestors usually donned their best outfit, kept for church on Sundays and special occasions.
Everyone wished to create a good impression in the treasured photographs that would later be shown to family and friends and might be displayed in an album, or hung on the wall.
Typically unsigned and undated, accurately dating each picture helps to identify the ancestor(s) portrayed.This is an amateur snapshot taken using a personal camera, reflecting the early-mid 20th century surge in home photography.This couple, who married during WW2, wear smart civilian daywear.Her ribbon trimmings and shoes are sky blue, a popular female colour in the 1800s.A professional Victorian studio photograph, this is a carte de visite measuring 10 x 6.5cms, the favoured format of the 1800s.Get information from the world’s largest collection of British and Irish carte de visite photographs and related data.Currently supporting the ‘We Called to See You – Victorian Cartes de Visite’ exhibition at the College of Optometrists in London.The father, a sailor, favours a practical fisherman’s ‘gansey’ and his daughters wear smart daywear reflecting their respective ages.Velvet- trimmed dark woollen cloth gowns were fashionable in the 1880s, these tight bodices with narrow sleeves, high collars, the ‘plastron’ front (left) and pronounced bustle projection (right) dating this scene firmly to c.1886-89.Beyond this, Jayne also considers bespoke projects.Picture inquiries are handled individually and confidentially by email, or occasionally in person.