9/23/2008

Photo of the week - Augusta Schack

Date: 1870's
Photographer: Chr. Neuhaus
Sitter: Louise Augusta Schack, nee Olivarius
Provenience: Copenhagen

The sitter of this photo is Augusta Olivarius who in 1876, on June 7th 1876 married the vicar Albert Schack. She was herself the daughter of another vicar, C.A. Olivarius, from Aagerup-Kirkerup, Denmark. By the time of their marriage he was working in Raklev and the following year he took a position in Bredstrup. That is to say that even though the photo is taken in Copenhagen, they never lived there - not as a couple and it is doubtful that she did before. The photo is not dated, but it is likely that it is from the time of the marriage, or thereabout.

She is dressed according to the latest fashion, both in dess and hair, she wears a band as a necklace around her neck and her hair is carefully curled. It is impossible to discern from this picture if she is yet married, or even engaged, but it is at least obvious that looking fashionable was not thought as unsuitable for the daughter of a country vicar.

The couple had at least two sons, Tage (born 1892) and Egede (born 1895) - who both became vicars.

Augusta died in 1922. Her named is scribbled at the back of the photo.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was interested to see this 'photo of the week' appearing in 2008.

The photographer, Christian Neuhaus, was my great grandfather. He was born in 1833, and died in 1907. He had a photographic studio in Copenhagen from 1862 to 1894.

Robert Peake
Canberra
Australia.

DameBoudicca said...

Thank you very much for the information! I have another photo taken by Neuhaus (probably from the 1860's) that will be featured on this site in a near future!