|Emily MacDonnell (seated) and Friend, 1866. Writing|
at bottom by Hilda van Stockum (1908-2006).
It was before she met and married my great-grandfather Charles Boissevain.
Emily is with a friend who looks very severe, even contemptuous.
Emily herself looks nice enough but she is quite subdued. Later, after her marriage, her reputation in Holland was that of a wild Irish woman.
For example, early in her married life she went out skating arm-in-arm with a member of her household staff. Ahem, not done in Holland.
The fashionable hairstyle of the time seems to have been a part in the middle with the hair pulled back.
A note under the photo from my mother notes that it was taken in 1866–by the Metropolitan Photo Company at its studio on 88 Grafton Street in Dublin.