** Irish family Jenkings 1900







Irish Families: Jenkings Family (about 1900)



Figure 1.--We have also found a portrait of the Jenkings family taken about 1900 in Clonbrock, County Galway in Connacht. This portrait was taken outsdide the studio and we get to see the family's home. It looks like a peasant family. The mother and three children are posing in front of their cottage, a typical country cottage with a thatched roof abnd whitewashed exterior. The glass windows and one boy wearing shoes suggest that the family is better off than nuch of the Irish peasantry at the time. The three childrn look to be about 3-9 years old.

We have also found a portrait of the Jenkings family taken about 1900 in Clonbrock, County Galway in Connacht. Most 19th century photography was studio portraits. At th turn of the century, mjorf chznges occured in phoyogrphiy. And we begin to see more out of the studio photograpjy. The Lodak Brownie appeared in America, but was marketed abroad as well. And other photographic systems greatly began recording the world outsdide the studio. Such images were taken in the 19th century, but photography was so complicted that there are a very lmited number. We re not sure when yjis photogrph was tken, but wiuld hsve ben in th lte-1890s or early-1900s. After the turn-of-the 20th century, anyone could easily take photographs and as result we suddntky see an exponentil increase in the number of images, essentially the birth of the family snapshot. We suspect, however, that the portrai here is not a family snapshot (figure 1). Rather it is probably the work of a photographer associated with a studio that travels around the countryside making a livinbg by offering to take portraits of the local people. The Jennings family seems a peasant family, but resonsably prosperous family that could afford a portrait. This one was taken outsdide the studio and we get to see the family's home. It looks like a peasant family. The mother and three children are posing in front of their cottage, a typical country cottage with a thatched roof abnd whitewashed exterior. The glass windows and one boy wearing shoes suggest that the family is better off than nuch of the Irish peasantry at the time. The three childrn look to be about 3-9 years old. The girl wears a dress, but we cnn't see much of it. Both her and the older boy are wering shors--not all ttht common in Ireland at the time. The older boy wears a plain sailor blouse and knee psants. We are not sure eahtis cap is called. The youngerr boy wears a print bloudse and skirt. Unlike his oldr brother and sister he is barerfoot. We think he sports a sailor cap.






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