This carte-de-visite has me stumped. I assumed the girl in the image would be easy to identify, but so far that hasn’t been the case. At first I thought she was holding an oar, but a rower I contacted told me it was a paddle. Well, that’s a start! Actually, I think the most interesting thing about the portrait is her remarkable outfit. Have you ever seen a suit like it?
The carte was made by photographer Charles Knight (1853-?), who operated studios on the Isle of Wight from about 1875 until at least 1898. By 1901 he had moved his family to the mainland and set up a studio in Aldershot. His studio was at the address on the back of the photo, 6 Royal Victoria Arcade in Ryde, from about 1875 to about 1880.
I hope someone can find some more information about this unusual portrait. Feel free to share your thoughts!