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1836 Press Photo Portrait of Sallie Stevenson, wife of US minster in London

AdID: 4450563

Availability: In stock

Part Number: mjc05761

Height: 9.5

Width: 7

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


This is an original press photo. More than 120 years ago a young American, Sallie Stevenson, got in the habit of writing letters home to Virginia from her London residence. She filled page after page with vivid descriptions of court and social affairs. She wrote about the coronation of Queen Victoria, about the beautiful young queen's marriage and her handsome husband, Prince Albert. She wrote of court scandals; she set down dinner table conversations at Windsor castle and described what she and the other ladies wore. She omitted nothing. As this tall, dark woman scribbled away, her handsome husband might enter the room. He was, Andrew Stevenson, United States minister at the court of St. James, and as serious as a man in such a high position was expected to be. In his hands were papers which he wanted his wife to copy instead of wasting her time writing letters. He snatched her pages and fretted over every line. (We know this because she wrote about it in her next letter home). Sallie Stevenson is believed to have written 250 of these sprightly letters in the period of 1836-1841, during which her husband was minister. Many of the letters have been lost, but 191 of them are in the library of Duke university, Durham, North Carolina. They were discovered there by Edward Boykin, who has incorporated a number of them into a book, "Victoria, Albert and Mrs. Stevenson," just published by Rinehart. Boykin has not changed Sallie's spelling. Photo measures 7 x 9.5 inches. Photo is dated --1836.


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Date of Creation 1836
Size Medium (Up to 10)
Photo Dimensions (in.) 7 x 9.5
SKU mjc05761