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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Isabella Grace and Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens

Photograph
ca. 1863-1864 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitlePhotographic Study (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Photograph
Brief Description
19thC; Hawarden C, D 664, 5 Princes Gardens, Isabella Grace, Clementina, c. 1863-64
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).
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.1cm
  • Width: 25.2cm
Style
Production typeUnlimited edition
Credit line
Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham
Historical context
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'
Production
Reason For Production: Exhibition

Reason For Production: Retail
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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).
Bibliographic Reference
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
Collection
Accession Number
373-1947

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