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Daguerreotype - Portrait of a Lady
  • Portrait of a Lady
    Kilburn, William Edward, born 1818 - died 1891
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Portrait of a Lady

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1851 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kilburn, William Edward, born 1818 - died 1891 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph, daguerreotype, hand tinted, cased, mounted, leather

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case 20

Kilburn opened a Daguerreotype studio in London in 1846. He advertised his portraits in the press stating that 'Thelikeness taken by the photographic process serves merely as a sketch for the miniature, which is painted by M. Mansion, whose productions on Ivory are so celebrated in Paris. They have when finished all the delicacy of an elaborate miniature, with the infallible accuracy of expression only obttainable by the photographic process.' Three hand-coloured Daguereotypes by Kilburn were shown at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

Physical description

Portrait photograph in a plush-lined papier-mache case, embossed with the studio's name and the Royal arms. The portrait shows a young woman in a blue dress, three quarter-length.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)


1851 (photographed)


Kilburn, William Edward, born 1818 - died 1891 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Photograph, daguerreotype, hand tinted, cased, mounted, leather


Height: 12.5 cm, Width: 10 cm

Historical context note

Donor of this and other fine Daguerreotypes to the V&A in 1939

Descriptive line

Cased photograph, daguerreotype full length portrait of a lady, William Edward Kilburn, London, c.1850

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

M. Haworth-Booth, Photography: An INdependent Art, V&A Publications/Princeton UP, 1997, pp.23,27

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail






Photographs; Portraits

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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