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Photograph - Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens
  • Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens
    Hawarden, Clementina Viscountess, born 1822 - died 1865
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Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1862-1863 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hawarden, Clementina Viscountess, born 1822 - died 1865 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 33H, box XVI

This photograph gives a good idea of Lady Hawarden’s studio and the way she used it. It was situated on the second floor of her house at 5 Princes Gardens in the South Kensington area of London. Here her daughter Clementina poses beside a mirror. A movable screen has been placed behind it, across the opening into the next room. A side table at the left balances a desk at the right. The figure of the young girl is partially balanced and echoed by the camera reflected in the mirror and the embroidery resting on the table beside it.

Hawarden appears to have worked with seven different cameras. The one seen in the mirror is the largest. Possibly there is a slight suggestion of a hand in the act of removing and/or replacing the lens cap to begin and end the exposure.

Physical description

Sepia photograph, mounted on green card, of a young woman posing beside a miror in which a camera is reflected.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)


ca. 1862-1863 (photographed)


Hawarden, Clementina Viscountess, born 1822 - died 1865 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 21.6 cm, Width: 23.2 cm

Historical context note

From departmental notes

'Clementina, Lady Hawarden (Untitled) Photographic Study (or) Study from Life (D.559) c.1862-c.1863 5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, front: starred wall-paper: floor-boards: Clementina, standing, right elbow on cheval-glass (which reflects camera on tripod, and window and balustrade behind her), right hand on temple, left hand on cheval-glass frame. French-style side-table; three-legged table, on which are carpet-bag, needlework and hat; Gothic-style desk. Inscription (verso): No.5. Inscriptions (verso of mount): X614-5 (and) PC 33 ( 1 ) 216 x 232 mm PH 296-1947 Series 109 Literature: Microfilm: 3.18.6 People in Camera, National Portrait Gallery, 19 This photograph shows the basic furnishings of Lady Hawarden's drawing-room-cum-studio, including a moveable screen placed across the opening to the next room. Except for the faint suggestion of a disembodied hand in the act of removing and replacing the lens cap, there is no sign of Lady Hawarden in the mirror. However, her camera--possibly the same one shown in Ph 457-1968:335 (D.303) and Ph 457-1968:524 (D.304)--and its substantial tripod are reflected.'

Descriptive line

Lady Hawarden, 'Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens', photograph.

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

Female Trouble. Die Kamera als Spiegel und Bühne weiblicher Inszenierungen Munich: Pinakothek der Moderne, 2008. ISBN: 978-3-7757-2203-2.

Labels and date

Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822–65)
Photographic Study

Lady Hawarden, a noted amateur photographer
of the 1860s, frequently photographed her
children. Here, her second-eldest daughter
Clementina Maude poses next to a mirror, in
which a bulky camera is reflected. The camera
seems to stand in for the photographer, making
this a mother-daughter portrait of sorts.

Albumen print
Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham
Museum no. 296-1947 [23/7/2016-5/3/2017]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Exhibition
Reason For Production: Retail




Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Furniture; Clothing; View cameras; Mirrors; Wallpaper; Embroidery


Interiors; Photographs; Portraits; Scotland

Production Type

Unlimited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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