The Flower Girl, No. 3 from Familiar Figures of London Series

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Title

The Flower Girl, No. 3 from Familiar Figures of London Series

Subject

Flower Girl
Women clothing and dress, Victorian Period
Street-Seller,
London, England city life 1890-1889
Westminster Abbey
Male clothing in Victorian Period
Lithograph Postcard

Description

1 postcard recto and verso.
Flower Girl offering a Gentleman a Flower, London, England

Creator

Sauber, Robert (1868-1936)

Source

Originally created in 1898 within the “Familiar Figures of London” series of 12 lithographs prints by Robert Sauber.

Publisher

The Pictorial Stationery Co., Ltd.

Date

Published circa 1906-1909.

Format

JPEG

Language

en

Type

Still image, picture postcard with divided back, 3.5 x 5.5 in

Identifier

ff3_flower_recto.jpg

Abstract

From the Peacock "pictorette" Post Card Series, Figure 3 features a girl offering a flower to a gentleman outside of Westminster Abbey. Flower girls moved up and down the streets with heavy cane baskets full of flowers.

Henry Mayhew described two types of Flower Girls in his 1861 report on London Labour and the London Poor. The first, considered a "better class" of flower girls, worked very hard in wealthier areas, giving the money they earned to their parents.
The second, were women who dressed coquettishly and took to the street later in the night, near theaters and casinos. This type would use selling flowers as a pretense to meet men for “immoral purposes”, and gave flowers girls a negative stereotype.

References

For more examples of this series see: http://www.mystudios.com/artgallery/R/Robert-Sauber/The-Newsboy,-No.10-from-Familiar-Figures-of-London,-c.1901.html

and: http://www.lookandlearn.com/history-images/XD141009/The-Soldier?img=1&search=Robert+Sauber+%28after%29&bool=phrase

For more information on Mayhew's account of flower girls see: http://www.victorianlondon.org/professions/flowergirls.htm

Provenance

Original Collection passed from Gertrude Kinnear to her sister Luree Jobe to her daughter Eleanor Jobe, who left it to her niece Elizabeth A. Mealy who left it to her grandmother Caitlin Mealy.

Rights Holder

For rights and permissions, please contact Caitlin Mealy, catydids515@gmail.com.

Publisher Location Item Type Metadata

Location

Printed in Bavaria.

Based in London
Printed in Bavaria.

Based in London

Producer

The Pictorial Stationary Co., Ltd.,
The Pictorial Stationary Co., Ltd.,

Files

ff3_flower_recto.jpg
ff3_flower_verso.jpg

Citation

Sauber, Robert (1868-1936), “The Flower Girl, No. 3 from Familiar Figures of London Series,” Omeka 389, accessed April 12, 2024, https://omeka.lib.jmu.edu/389/items/show/537.