Without a Dowry (also known as Sunday in the Luxembourg Gardens), between 1883 and 1885. James Tissot (French, 1836–1902). Oil on canvas.
The Jardin de Luxembourg was a popular recreational area where one could rent a chair to enjoy fresh air in comfort. The chair rental is probably the only Sunday pleasure the two women can afford. Both the mother and the daughter are in mourning – one can guess that the father, probably a poorly-paid government clerk, is gone and they are living on a small pension. Without a sufficient dowry, the young woman has no hope for a happy future.
Correction: The young woman has no hope of marrying a nobleman––but there are many other ways to have a happy future!
ok, so, we’ve got young charles sumner with his fabulous hair…
and then Sumner still rocking the cute hair… no problems… he’s got this
ok, now, he’s getting older… things are happening… his hair is still glorious
AND THEN WHAT
AND THEN THE SIDEBURNS REALLY STARTED COMING IN
AND THEN HE JUST LOST IT
AND THEN IT GOT BETTER
I have never seen that last one holy bejeezus he looks like a muppet
Charles Sumner’s sixth portrait (from the top; fifth from the bottom) shows the effects of his near-death experience from being beaten with a cane in the U.S. Senate. See Wikipedia biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sumner
"In 1856, a South Carolina Congressman, Preston Brooks, nearly killed Sumner on the Senate floor two days after Sumner delivered an intensely anti-slavery speech… .” This incident illustrates the strong political feelings that led to the Civil War, and no doubt the beating affected Sumner’s personal appearance––and possibly his attitude toward it. You can see from this particular photo that his eyes are no longer the same.
Still, no matter how antislavery he was, he apparently continued to be pro-sideburns throughout his career!