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Studies from Life or Photographic Study

Photograph
ca. 1864 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Lady Hawarden was the first female photographer to gain critical recognition in Britain, receiving awards from the Photographic Society of London. Here, she poses her daughters in fancy dress by the windows and on the balcony of the drawing room in her South Kensington home. These subtle and enigmatic photographs are still intriguing and inspiring today.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleIsabella Grace and Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens (generic title)
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative
Brief Description
'Study from Life or Photographic Study', photograph by Clementina, Lady Hawarden (1822-65), England, ca. 1864
Physical Description
Photograph of two girls looking at each other through French doors on a balcony.



5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, rear: French windows: Isabella Grace (three-quarter length; back to camera), in evening dress, standing, looking out over terrace, right hand raised and resting on window-frame, and Clementina, in riding habit, eyes up, standing on terrace facing Isabella Grace, right hand on Isabella Grace's right forearm, left hand raised and resting on window-frame.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.5cm
  • Width: 24.8cm
Credit line
Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham
Historical context
From departmental notes



'Clementina, Lady Hawarden(Untitled) Photographic Study (or) Study from Life (D.738) c.1864 5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, rear: French windows: Isabella Grace (three-quarter length; back to camera), in evening dress, standing, looking out over terrace, right hand raised and resting on window-frame, and Clementina, in riding habit, eyes up, standing on terrace facing Isabella Grace, right hand on Isabella Grace's right forearm, left hand raised and resting on window-frame. Inscription (verso): No 14; Inscriptions (verso of mount): No 14 (and) Box I (and) X614 236 x 247 mm PH 267-1947 Literature: ed. Graham Ovenden, Clementina Lady Hawarden, 1974, p.91; Beaumont Newhall, The History of Reproductions: National Art Slide Library no. 92.102; V&A Pict' Library negative no. GJ 1327 (reference no. 46054)In this photograph as in Ph 380-1947 (D.737) her two eldest daughters reaffirm their bond with each other and with their mother. Isabella Grace, in evening dress, her hair elaborately arranged, with her back to the camera perhaps in order to show the intricacies of her dress and hair to full advantage, stands at the French window to the terrace. Clementina, poised like a mirror before her sister, her expression perhaps reflecting that on Isabella Grace's face, incongruously wears a riding habit and appears dishevelled. Their rapport is visually strengthened by the lines of the window, which direct our eyes to their arms, gracefully linked.'
Subjects depicted
Summary
Lady Hawarden was the first female photographer to gain critical recognition in Britain, receiving awards from the Photographic Society of London. Here, she poses her daughters in fancy dress by the windows and on the balcony of the drawing room in her South Kensington home. These subtle and enigmatic photographs are still intriguing and inspiring today.
Bibliographic References
  • Female Trouble. Die Kamera als Spiegel und Bühne weiblicher Inszenierungen Munich: Pinakothek der Moderne, 2008. ISBN: 978-3-7757-2203-2.
  • Literature: ed. Graham Ovenden, Clementina Lady Hawarden, 1974, p.91; Beaumont Newhall, The History of Reproductions: National Art Slide Library no. 92.102; V&A Pict' Library negative no. GJ 1327 (reference no. 46054)
Collection
Accession Number
267-1947

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