Smiling Victorian Children

I’m obsessed with Smiling Victorians just now and have in fact just left my other blog after posting a photograph of a group of smiling Victorians at a picnic. But I couldn’t leave you guys out, so here’s some happy Victorian children, playing on the beach:

It’s so refreshing to see this — most images I’ve seen of children taken during the Victorian era show them to be miserable and unsmiling.

Smiling Victorians

Most photographs of Victorians show the sitters looking very serious and sombre but there’s a bit of a trend just now for publishing photographs of smiling Victorians. When you first see an image of someone of that period with a great big cheesy grin on their face it’s a bit of a jolt to pre-concieved notions but it’s lovely to see and goes a long way to break down the separation between the past and the present.

I particularly like this one because the woman looks quite cheeky and confident.