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  • Photograph of Eeswyke
    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914
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Photograph of Eeswyke

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Eeswyke (photographed)
    Near Sawrey (photographed)
    Hawkshead (photographed)

  • Date:

    August 1896 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Duke.

  • Museum number:

    AR.14:20-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rupert Potter (1832-1914), father of the children's writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), took up photography in the 1860s when it was still a relatively new art form. An enthusiastic and skilled amateur, he was elected to the Photographic Society of London in 1869 and later contributed to photographic exhibitions. Rupert assisted the artist Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), a close friend, by photographing backgrounds for paintings and sitters for portraits. His favourite subject, however, was Beatrix herself and his prolific legacy of several hundred photographs forms a broad pictorial account of her life from infancy to marriage.

Rupert was also a skilled landscape photographer. During the Potter family's extended summer holidays to the countryside it was Beatrix's delight to accompany her father on photographic expeditions. He photographed in particular the countryside around Eastwood in Dunkeld, Wray Castle near Ambleside, Lingholm on the edge of Derwentwater and Tenby in Pembrokeshire. This photograph depicts a view from Eeswyke, a house in Near Sawrey rented often by the Potter family for summer vacations in the Lake District. The house was formerly known as Lakefield during the Potters' time and was built as a Lake District retreat for a Lancashire mill owner in 1742; it is now a hotel.

Excited by the possibilities of the new art form, Beatrix too became an avid photographer, inheriting one of her father’s old cameras, 'a most inconveniently heavy article which he refuses to use, and which has been breaking my back since I took to that profession.' (Journal, Friday 19th April 1895). Beatrix went on to employ photography in the service of her own art and, like Millais, she photographed details, particularly in the Lake District landscapes, that she later incorporated in her imaginative book illustrations.
Author: Emma Laws

Physical description

Photograph of a house, Eeswyke. With a garden and a path in front of the house and hills in the distance on the left of the photograph.

Place of Origin

Eeswyke (photographed)
Near Sawrey (photographed)
Hawkshead (photographed)

Date

August 1896 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper.

Marks and inscriptions

'Lakefield Sawrey'
Pencil inscription by Joan Duke on verso.

'Aug 1896'
Pencil inscription by Rupert Potter on verso.

Dimensions

Height: 159 mm, Width: 214 mm

Object history note

Photographed by Rupert Potter in August 1896. Photograph given to the museum by Joan Duke in 1983.

Descriptive line

Photograph of Eeswyke (formerly known as Lakefield), in Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, August 1896; albumen print by Rupert Potter.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

House; Views; Gardens; Dwellings

Categories

Architecture; Landscapes; Photographs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Archive of Art and Design

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