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Self-portrait of Rupert Potter (1832-1914) in historical dress

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Dalguise House (probably, photographed)

  • Date:

    1878 (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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 44, box A

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. Closely observed by Beatrix, Rupert assisted the artist Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896), a close friend, by photographing backgrounds for paintings and sitters for portraits. Rupert's favourite subject, however, was Beatrix herself and his prolific legacy of several hundred photographs forms a broad pictorial account of Beatrix’s life from infancy to marriage.

This self-portrait in historic dress was probably taken during the Potter family's extended summer holiday to Dalguise in 1878.

Physical description

Double photographic print depicting Rupert Potter in historical dress. In the left-hand image he holds a sword in his right hand; in the right-hand image the sword is in its sheath.

Place of Origin

Dalguise House (probably, photographed)


1878 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Pencil inscription by Joan Duke on verso

Pencil inscription by Joan Duke on verso


Height: 122 mm, Width: 165 mm

Object history note

Self-portrait by Rupert Potter, probably taken at Dalguise in 1878.

Descriptive line

Double self-portrait print in historical dress; albumen print by Rupert Potter (1832-1914), 1878.

Production Note

Dated from a similar photograph in the Potter family photograph album in the V&A's Duke Collection


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Sheaths; Costume; Self-portraits; Swords; Ensembles (costume); Thrusting swords; Portraits; Double portraits


Photographs; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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