19th Century Victorian Balls: where are the photos?

Balls were particularly popular during the Victorian era (1837-1901). It was a time when society was governed by strict moral precepts, and legions of guides were published on how to behave correctly, how to dress appropriately and what to say in various specific situations. Manuals on etiquette and dancing also abounded.

This drawing above is as close as it gets, as far as resembling a photograph goes. The most of the remaining images look similar to the one below. It appears that drawings and paintings are the only visual representation we have.


Are we to think that none of the people who could afford to dress up like this in 1891 could afford a camera?




KD: We know that 19th century Victorian Balls were pretty popular. We also know that photography did exist between 1850 and 1900.
  • Where are the photographs?
  • Do we have at least one?

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