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

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1863-1864 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham

  • Museum number:

    373-1947

  • Gallery location:

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

Virginia Dodier thinks that this photograph belongs to an ‘Orientalist’ series. Here, Lady Hawarden gives her drawing room a tent-like atmosphere.

Such scenes were popularised by the painter J. F. Lewis, and Roger Fenton exhibited his photographic ‘Nubian Series’ in 1859. Dodier writes that the idea of 'Orientalism' allowed European artists to ‘evoke sensuality on the premise of presenting quasi-ethnographical information about the customs of the East’.

The idea of the fancy dress or allegorical portrait stems from an earlier tradition in English art. They are found, for example, in the work of the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–92).

Physical description

Sepia photograph, mounted on green card, showing two young women in fancy dress, one standing and the other reclining.

5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, front: screen (with drape): Isabella Grace, eyes closed, standing, hands clasped, and Clementina, eyes closed, seated on draped divan, legs crossed, right hand on throat, resting head on screen. Both in fancy dress (Orientalist style).

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

ca. 1863-1864 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Photograph

Dimensions

Height: 23.1 cm, Width: 25.2 cm

Historical context note

From departmental notes

'Clementina, Lady Hawarden (Untitled) Photographic Study (or) Study from Life (D.664) c.1863-c.1864 5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, front: screen (with drape): Isabella Grace, eyes closed, standing, hands clasped, and Clementina, eyes closed, seated on draped divan, legs crossed, right hand on throat, resting head on screen. Both in fancy dress (Orientalist style). Inscription (verso): No 228; Inscription (verso of mount): (X614-)228 233 x 272 mm PH 373-1947 Series 128 Literature: Microfilm: 3.18.12'

Descriptive line

19thC; Hawarden C, D 664, 5 Princes Gardens, Isabella Grace, Clementina, c. 1863-64

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

V. Dodier, "Clementina, Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life 1857-1864 " (V&A Publications 1999), discusses this and related works (pp.50-54) and illustrates five variations on the theme of this photograph (pp.76-78).

Literature: Microfilm: 3.18.12

Production Note

Reason For Production: Exhibition
Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Clothing

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; Scotland

Production Type

Unlimited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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