A chromolithograph print called “Making the Scrap Book,” 1868.
This vividly colored print of an 1865 Juliana Oakley painting, displayed in a fancy silver frame, shows a young girl absorbed in the task of cutting a paper image to paste into a nearby scrapbook. The girl wears a white dress with a blue sash and matching hair ribbon, white stockings, and black leather shoes with ankle straps. She sits alone in a room on a high-backed upholstered chair, her feet resting on a tufted footstool, surrounded by objects, furniture, and pictures that symbolize art and learning. Making a scrapbook was likely seen as an ideal task for a girl’s cultural education. Her task also suggests the importance of memory and sentimentality in the Victorian era. The print could serve as an affordable art object in itself for middle-class homes.