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A group of men, including Sir Bache Cunard (1851-1925), holding tennis rackets at Kinnaird House, Perthshire

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kinnaird House (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. During the family's long summer holidays to Scotland and the Lake District Rupert photographed family and friends as well as the houses they rented and the surrounding countryside. From 1871 to 1881 the Potter family rented Dalguise House, near Dunkeld in Perthshire. Here, he records a visit to Kinnaird House on the bank of the Tay and captures the faint image of a woman at a first-floor window watching four men, including Sir Bache Cunard (1851-1925), playing tennis in the grounds below.

Physical description

Photograph of four men holding tennis racquest standing by a net outside a large stone house with bay windows and bars in the lower windows. A woman watches from a first-floor window.

Place of Origin

Kinnaird House (photographed)


1878 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Kinnaird / L Duncan, [?] Penn, Cordwell / Sir Bache Cunard'
Pencil inscription by Rupert Potter on verso

Pencil inscription on verso

Ink stamp on verso


Height: 168 mm, Width: 202 mm

Object history note

Photograph of four men with tennis racquets at Kinnaird House, Perthshire, taken by Rupert Potter in 1878.

Descriptive line

Photograph of a group of men with tennis rackets outside Kinnaird House in Perthshire, with a figure watching from a first-floor window; albumen print by Rupert Potter (1832-1914), 1878.


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Rackets (sports equipment); Women; Houses; Bay windows; Buildings; Tennis; Sports; Nets (objects); Men


Photographs; Sport; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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