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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F , Case X, Shelf 33, Box HX

Clementina Hawarden or Anne Bontine with Donald Cameron of Lochiel, 5 Princes Gardens

Photograph
ca. 1861-1862 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Virginia Dodier identifies the woman in this photograph as either Lady Hawarden herself or her sister Anne (Bontine). If it is Lady Hawarden, as seems likely, this is her only self-portrait. She is holding a photograph of bare trees, like the ones she made on the family estate at Dundrum in County Tipperary, Ireland. The print is on thin paper, as can be seen from the way she holds it. It had not been trimmed - the white margins are from the printing frame in which it would have been printed out by sunlight. The Hawarden family album indicates that the man is Donald Cameron of Lochiel, whose connection with them is not otherwise known. Lady Hawarden must often have shown newly printed photographs to members of her family, friends and acquaintances.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitlePhotographic Study (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Photograph
Brief Description
19thC; Hawarden C, D 359, 5 Princes Gardens, ?Lady Hawarden or Anne Bontine with Donald Cameron of Lochiel, c. 1861-62
Physical Description
Sepia photograph, mounted on green card, showing a man and woman standing beside a cane-seated chair.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.1cm
  • Width: 6.8cm
Style
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Given by Lady Clementina Tottenham
Historical context
From departmental notes



'Clementina, Lady Hawarden·(Untitled) Photographic Study (or) Study from Life (D.359) c.1861-c.1862 5 Princes Gardens, interior: first floor, rear: cloth backdrop: carpet: Lady Hawarden, eyes down, holding untrimmed photograph of trees, and Donald Cameron of Lochiel (left profile), right hand on chair-back, both standing behind chair. 101 x 68 mm PH 457-1968:423 Series 64 Literature: Microfilm: 3.19.449 If this is Lady Hawarden, then the photograph self-portrait. Significantly, she is holding possibly of bare-limbed trees, similar to exam] this exhibition. As the subjects are not iden1 contemporary inscription, it is not possible tc conclusively whether she is Lady Hawarden or he Bontinei they were very much alike in appearanc extreme slimness of the woman in the photograph suggestion that she is Lady Hawarden, as Mrs BOI robust--she lived to be 97. Cameron's identity has been established through beneath a similar photograph by Lady Hawarden wh~ private collection. Interestingly, he was the ct Scottish clan to which Julia Margaret Cameron's h belonged. Cameron's identity has been established through beneath a similar photograph by Lady Hawarden wh~ private collection. Interestingly, he was the ct Scottish clan to which Julia Margaret Cameron's h belonged'
Production
Reason For Production: Private
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
Virginia Dodier identifies the woman in this photograph as either Lady Hawarden herself or her sister Anne (Bontine). If it is Lady Hawarden, as seems likely, this is her only self-portrait. She is holding a photograph of bare trees, like the ones she made on the family estate at Dundrum in County Tipperary, Ireland. The print is on thin paper, as can be seen from the way she holds it. It had not been trimmed - the white margins are from the printing frame in which it would have been printed out by sunlight. The Hawarden family album indicates that the man is Donald Cameron of Lochiel, whose connection with them is not otherwise known. Lady Hawarden must often have shown newly printed photographs to members of her family, friends and acquaintances.
Bibliographic Reference
Literature: Microfilm: 3.19.449 V. Dodier, "Clementina, Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life, 1857-1864" (V&A Publications, 1999), pp.36-37
Collection
Accession Number
457:423-1968

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