You all know how much I love vintage imagery! You have seen over and over that I share project where I have collected images related somehow, either by a theme, or in fact created as actual sets. And if they are not related initially, I somehow make up ways to combine them and MAKE them related…lol
Some of you also know that I work with research in my full time job. Collecting data, organizing and analyzing is part of what I do to get bread on the table. And I’m proud to say I do it pretty well, well enough to get credit and trust from long time researchers, on the account of my work being precise and reliable.
Well, I have come to think that part of the reason why I love both vintage images and data, is that they can in fact be combined! Several things happening lately have led me onto a path which I choose to call “pretty data”!
I am not sure what direction I will share with you first but a couple of you have access to my genealogy site and you might have noticed that there is some s-t-r-a-n-g-e behaviour going on in there…lol Also a couple of you are trusted pin-friends, and you might have picked up on something cooking too 😉
‘Nuff said: I’m researching European Royalty! I am registering, tracing and recording any genealogical information I can find, originating with Queen Victoria and looking into both her ascendants and descendants up until today!
It did indeed not surprise me that the European Royals are related. Like the Hanovers, the d’Orleans, the Romanovs, the Saxe-Coburg-Gothas, the Mountbattens and the Windsors. But I AM surprised to see how the genealogical links spread out like a fine web entangling Europe for centuries. And the best thing of it all:
There is pictures! Hundreds and hundreds of pictures! Every time I think I’m exhausting a source, I keep coming upon new ones! And to me it does not seem like someone ever tried mapping European Royalty from the picture-perspective!
The first picture I share with you is a painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria with her family in 1846. From left: Prince Alfred, Prince Edward, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Princess Alice, Princess Helena and Princess Victoria.
I have been spending the last week gathering my pretty data, but I’ve come to realize I will need help with this project! So if you are interested in The Victorian Era, Belle Epoque and European Royals, AND you know a little bit about genealogy and/or high quality pictures, please let me know, as I’m looking for someone as crazy as me to help out with this project!
I promise you will learn bunches, have fun, and get access to a unique collection of European Royal Imagery!!! And I’m confident there will be many unforgettable images and a couple of fabulous projects to share here on WoW as a result of this, but please forgive me for being a little absentminded while I work on the research 😛
The files I’m sharing have been altered by me! As such, the files are free for your personal use and enjoyment. Go to the folder below to download high quality copies.
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