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  • 'A Jersey pair'
    Potter, Rupert, born 1832 - died 1914
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'A Jersey pair'

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Date:

    September 1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print on paper

  • Museum number:

    BP.1530

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rupert Potter (1832-1914), father of the children's writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), was a keen amateur photographer and a close friend of the painter and illustrator, Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896). Rupert would often assist Millais by photographing backgrounds for paintings and sitters for portraits. The Millais family lived mostly in London but spent long summer holidays at Annet Lodge near Bowerswell, Perthshire. Here, Millais executed many of his best-known paintings and enjoyed the company of likeminded friends, including the Potters who also retreated to Perthshire for extended summer holidays, first renting Dalguise, then later Eastwood, a large house on the bank of the Tay in Dunkeld.

The notorious and highly successful actress, Lillie Langtry (1853-1929), was also a friend of Millais; his famous portrait of her, A Jersey Lily (1878), was exhibited at the Royal Academy. In September 1879, amid affairs with Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Battenberg and the Earl of Shrewsbury, Langtry visited Millais and Potter in Perthshire. Potter choreographed formal portraits of Langtry and more relaxed poses conversing with Millais in the garden at Eastwood.

The inscription on the mount of this photograph, ‘A Jersey pair’, must refer to Millais’s portrait of Langtry.

Physical description

A double portrait, with a man and a woman shown full-length sat in a garden, the exterior of a house behind them.

Date

September 1879 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'A Jersey pair. / Lillie Langtry / John Everett Millais / Eastwood / Sep 1879'
Inscribed in ink on mount.

Dimensions

Height: 180 mm sheet, Width: 217 mm sheet

Object history note

Photograph taken by Rupert Potter in the garden of Eastwood House, Dunkeld, in September 1879. Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) in 1973 as part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of ca. 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.

Descriptive line

Photograph of John Everett Millais and Lillie Langtry in the garden at Eastwood, Dunkeld, by Rupert Potter, September 1879; Linder Bequest cat. no. LB.2118.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection: the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material: watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985. p.215; no.2118
p.215; no.2118
Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection : the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material : watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Albumen; Photography

Subjects depicted

Double portraits; Gardens; Houses; Portraits

Categories

Photographs

Production Type

small batch

Collection

National Art Library

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