19th century backgrounds

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  1. Jesper

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    I was lucky enough to win an auction for three 19th century backgrounds yesterday and now I just have to go and collect them. I've been lusting for backgrounds like these for quite some time and now it's playtime. (Hopefully I managed to attach images of them)
    Anyone using old canvas background here on apug?
    What kind of props do you suggest?
     

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    Sitter's chair, maybe a plant stand and potted fern or a tall table for standing portraits?
     
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    Please post your results. Have fun!
     
  4. Gerald C Koch

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    You will also need an urn or a plinth. :smile:
     
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    Fantastic!
     
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    Those are fantastic--as a wet plate artist, I'm jealous! It's very rare finding 19th c backgrounds--very rare! Those are in beautiful condition, too. For background #1, a 19th c "fainting couch" for portraits of the ladies, or at the very least, a plush bench. A small table with a tall vase. An elegant study chair for portraits of the gents.

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    For the #3 background, some rough-hewn walking sticks and old canvas ruck sacks. Have fun!
     
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  7. Jesper

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    Thanks for all the advice. I'm lucky enough to have a canapé (fainting couch) from the 1880s, two armchairs and a table from the 1890s but of course I need to get a fern and an urn. I will also need to get a half column (I might have to build that one myself. I'm really looking forward to testing the backgrounds. This will be fun.
     
  8. Gerald C Koch

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    It all sounds like great fun! Please post some examples when you can.
     
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    I once read an interesting description about the use of 19th century photographic backgrounds, where they would swing the background cloth on a board behind the sitter (a sort of reverse panning effect) to create a blurred background and thus enhance the relative sharpness of the subject. I don’t know if anyone does such a technique today?