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5, Princes Gardens, Clementina

Photograph
ca. 1863-1864 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Photograph depicting the artist's daughter Clementina wearing a white cotton skirt lying on a bed by a window with her head resting on her hand, her reflection in a mirror behind her. Clementina (1847-1901) models as an 'Odalisque', but of a curiously fractured and photographic kind.

5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, front: right window: screen: floor-boards: Clementina, in fancy dress (Orientalist style), eyes closed, reclining on draped divan, right hand on cheek. Beside divan are cheval-glass (which reflects left side of her torso, window and window-casement) and French-style side-table (on which are jug, epergne, plate, and easel-back mirror). Visible through window: balcony; houses south side of Princes Gardens (faintly).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleStudies from Life (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative
Brief Description
Study from Life by Clementina, Lady Hawarden (British, 1822-1865), albumen print, Britain, 1861-1862.
Physical Description
Photograph depicting the artist's daughter Clementina wearing a white cotton skirt lying on a bed by a window with her head resting on her hand, her reflection in a mirror behind her. Clementina (1847-1901) models as an 'Odalisque', but of a curiously fractured and photographic kind.



5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, front: right window: screen: floor-boards: Clementina, in fancy dress (Orientalist style), eyes closed, reclining on draped divan, right hand on cheek. Beside divan are cheval-glass (which reflects left side of her torso, window and window-casement) and French-style side-table (on which are jug, epergne, plate, and easel-back mirror). Visible through window: balcony; houses south side of Princes Gardens (faintly).
Dimensions
  • Height: 24.4cm
  • Width: 28.3cm
Credit line
Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham
Object history
The Hawardens bought a newly-built house near the South Kensington Museum in 1859 and Lady Hawarden used the first floor - normally principal reception rooms - as a photographic studio. Her models were chosen from her children. Here her daughter Clementina (1847-1901) models as an 'Odalisque', but of a curiously fractured and photographic kind.



Historical significance: The psychological complexity of Lady Hawarden's images of women has inspired modern viewers to interpret her work in terms of feminist issues. Ingrid Sischy has suggested intriguing parallels between Lady Hawarden's 'Photographic Studies' and the 'Untitled Film Stills' of Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954).
Historical context
From departmental notes



'Clementina, Lady Hawarden (Untitled) Photographic Study (or) Study from Life (D.666) c.1863-c.1864 5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, front: right window: screen: floor-boards: Clementina, in fancy dress (Orientalist style), eyes closed, reclining on draped divan, right hand on cheek. Beside divan are cheval-glass (which reflects left side of her torso, window and window-casement) and French-style side-table (on which are jug, epergne, plate, and easel-back mirror). Visible through window: balcony; houses south side of Princes Gardens (faintly). Inscription (verso of mount): (X614-)124 231 x 270 mm PH 269-1947 Series 129 Literature: ed. Graham Ovenden, Clementina Lady Hawarden, 1974, p.97. Microfilm: 3.18.128; National Art Slide Library no. 92.100.'
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Literature: ed. Graham Ovenden, Clementina Lady Hawarden, 1974, p.97. Microfilm: 3.18.128; National Art Slide Library no. 92.100.
  • Ahlund, Mikael (ed.), The Pre-Raphaelites Stockholm : Nationalmuseum, 2009no.138
Collection
Accession Number
269-1947

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