Portrait of the photographer's wife Agnes Turner with her brother Humphrey Chamberlain. thumbnail 1
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Portrait of the photographer's wife Agnes Turner with her brother Humphrey Chamberlain.

Photograph
ca. 1850s (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Here we see the photographer's wife Agnes and her brother Humphrey Chamberlain at 'home', though this well lit room is more likely to be the glass-roofed portrait studio that Turner set up over his business in the Haymarket, London, rather than an actual domestic interior. Turner has carefully positioned objects in this scene to communicate his family's interest and tastes: books scattered on the table and chair, a framed reproduction of Raphael's 'Madonna of the Chair' above the fireplace; a bronze sculpture, 'Stag Browsing at a Branch' (1843) by Pierre Jules Mêne, other sculpted figures and decorative candlesticks upon the mantelpiece; and an open portfolio at Humphrey's feet revealing the corner of Turner's photograph 'Cottage Bredicot Common, Worcestershire', a print of which is in the V&A collection (Ph.21-1982).
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object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print from glass negative
Brief Description
Benjamin Brecknell Turner. Portrait of the photographer's wife Agnes Turner with her brother Humphrey Chamberlain, ca. 1855.
Physical Description
Monochrome photograph of a Victorian man and women (Humphrey Chamberlain 1824-1892 and Agnes Turner 1828-1887), seated either side of a fireplace, showing portfolio of photographic prints.
Dimensions
  • Image height: 28cm
  • Image width: 38.5cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of the Hite Foundation
Object history
This photograph was in the possession of the Turner family until it was purchased by the V&A from Turner's great grandson, Martin Robertson, in 2003
Subjects depicted
Summary
Here we see the photographer's wife Agnes and her brother Humphrey Chamberlain at 'home', though this well lit room is more likely to be the glass-roofed portrait studio that Turner set up over his business in the Haymarket, London, rather than an actual domestic interior. Turner has carefully positioned objects in this scene to communicate his family's interest and tastes: books scattered on the table and chair, a framed reproduction of Raphael's 'Madonna of the Chair' above the fireplace; a bronze sculpture, 'Stag Browsing at a Branch' (1843) by Pierre Jules Mêne, other sculpted figures and decorative candlesticks upon the mantelpiece; and an open portfolio at Humphrey's feet revealing the corner of Turner's photograph 'Cottage Bredicot Common, Worcestershire', a print of which is in the V&A collection (Ph.21-1982).
Collection
Accession Number
E.153-2003

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record createdJune 24, 2004
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