This past year I have been preoccupied and unable to update the website. The work has continued behind the scenes though.
In 2014, I discovered another pokerism, The Roman Bagpiper, by Ball Hughes after an engraving of a painting by J. Gilbert from the June 1861 edition of the Illustrated London News. This makes four copies of Gilbert's works by Ball Hughes. Perhaps there may be more to be discovered?
My cousin, Larry Brown, loaned me a suitcase full of Brown family documents dating back to the 1800's. I need to sort through them and scan the ones related to Ball Hughes.
I found B. F. Brown's passports from 1872, 1878, and 1888 in my Mother's apartment. This suggests that he may have accompanied his wife, Augusta, along with her sister, Georgiana Ball Hughes, and her mother, Eliza Ball Hughes, on some of their trips to England and France in the 1870's.
I also acquired the CDV photograph shown below of Mrs. Robert Ball Hughes from a dealer in England. It was taken by Franck of Paris in the late 1850's or 1860's.
Mrs. Ball Hughes
From Wikipedia: "The carte de visite (abbreviated CdV or CDV, and also spelled carte-de-visite or erroneously referred to as carte de ville) was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris, France by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854." CDV's were popularized during the American Civil War era. Soldiers could easily carry the small 2.25" x 3.5" photos with them.
I hope to get back to work on the website conversion in 2015.