Adelicia Acklen

Photographer: Francois-Joseph Delintraz (active in Paris, 1860-1880)

Backmark: 9 Rue Duphot. S.

Cidevant No. 15



Specialite de Reproductions

En tous genres


Place: Paris, France

Date: 1865-1866

Provenance: Adelicia to her daughter Pauline Acklen Locket, unknown, purchased by Belmont Mansion Association from a photograph dealer in Pennsylvania

2016.01.53 BMA purchase

Interestingly, Adelicia is photographed in this same dress by two different photographers.  Family members also possess a hand-colored, head-and-shoulders, framed portrait of Adelicia where she is wearing the same dress. 


This walking or visiting dress is an excellent example of the general hourglass silhouette which was popular from the 1830’s through the 1860’s.  Its shape was created by the slopping shoulders, a fitted bodice which emphasized the smallest part of the waist, and an a-line skirt;  these came together to create a distinctive hourglass figure.  Though there were certainly variances through the decades (one of which was the gradual expansion of the skirts' berth from the 1840’s through 1860’s), this stock hourglass silhouette dominated the first two-thirds of Adelicia’s life.  One thing that helps date the garment she is wearing is the slight accent in volume of the back of the skirt.  Her hairstyle provides another clue, as it seems to be plaited - instead of smooth and sweeping.  This style indicates that this garment as being from the 1860s.  The dress's militaristic sash is also typical of the period.  Feminized militaristic embellishments were extremely popular in street dress in the 1850’s and 1860’s.

Delintraz, a noted portrait photographer, is most famous for the series of photographs of the fire brigade in the fires of the Paris Commune of 1871.


Grace M. Allen

Elopement Packages at Belmont Mansion

Intimate and elegant wedding ceremonies are popular at Belmont Mansion! 


Visit BelmontMansionEvents.com to review options to Elope in Nashville at Belmont Mansion. 

Affordable Nashville Elopements start here!


Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


  • Facebook Clean
  • Twitter Clean
  • Instagram Clean
  • White Pinterest Icon

The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk