This is a beautiful tinted cabinet photo of a fashionable Budapest lady and her two children. I believe it is the Arpov family. All three undoubtedly wear their best outfits and they suggest a very prosperous family and a mother keeping up with the fashionable trends of the day. The portrait is undated, but we would guess was taken in the early 1870s, perhaps even the late 1860s.
We are not sure where father was, especially as this is a studio portrait. The daughter has long braids (Zoepfen). One has been carefull placed in front for best display. She has a very full-skirted white dress, perhaps made of crinoline. She looks about 14-15 years old.The son wears a tunic suit with stripe and button trim. Note the small ruffled collar. The tunic suit has bloomer knickers. He wears white socks only just long enough for his fashionble high-top shoes. They look like button shoes which must have taken a little doing to button up. He looks to be about 8 years old. They were photographed at the Studio Kozmata Ferencz, Pesten. I think the writing on the back is their names. This is written in Hungarian so we note know that the family was Hungarian. We mentioned this because the major cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were cosmopolitan with populations of Germas, Jews and various ethic groups like Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Slaves and others. Thus a portrait taken in Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other cities could be of a range of nationalities.
I think I see the family name Asimov. A reader tells us that the girl's name was Ilona. Note that the city is Presten. Pesten is another name for Pest, at that time not yet united with Buda on the other side of the Danube. Later it became one city: Budapest. The Hungarians have a habit of mentioning their family name first, then the Christian name. So the photographic studio is Kozmata Ferencz which really is Ferencz (Francis) Kozmata.
Schönes Kabinettfoto von einer feinen Dame, ihrer Tochter mit langen Zöpfen und dem hübschen Sohn! Alle drei in feinsten Roben, teilweise coloriert! Atelier Kozmata Ferencz, Pesten! Rückseite mit Atelier-Aufdruck, vorder- und rückseitig mit handschriftlichen Vermerken!
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