Stereoscopic photograph of a woman using a stereoscope

Two identical black and white photographs side-by-side on pale coloured card. A woman sits on a chair in front of a brick fireplace holding a stereoscope up to her eyes. She is wearing a long-sleeved full-length dress with a high collar and her hair is pinned up. To the left of the woman is a tall narrow chest of drawers with two drawers slightly open. Some stereoscopic cards are visible in one of the open drawers. Behind the woman, in the corner of the room, is a statue of a draped female figure holding an urn. To the right of the statue a glass fronted bookcase full of books is partly visible. There are ornaments and vases on top of the bookcase and on the mantelpiece.  A set of fire tools sits on the hearth. A small light-coloured animal skin rug is on the floor in front of the hearth. A small ornate round table is partly visible in the left bottom corner, and a round table with drawers is partly visible to the right of the seated woman. The room is papered with repeat patterned wallpaper and there is a patterned carpet square covering the floor. There are three paintings on the walls - two in oval frames that appear to be portraits, and one large rectangular frame containing a painting of ancient ruins. Text beneath the right image reads: The Stereograph as an Educator - Underwood Patent Extension Cabinet in a home Library. Copyright 1901 by Underwood and Underwood. Text running vertically bottom to top on the left edge reads: Underwood and Underwood, Publishers. New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas.
Source: Library of Congress.

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