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Photographic Study [Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens]

Photograph
ca.1861-62 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is one of Lady Hawarden's finest and most characteristic photographs. Her daughter Clementina is shown seated in front of a mirror, gazing intently at her reflection. Beyond her in the mirror can be seen the balustrade of the balcony of the family house at 5 Princes Gardens, South Kensington, London. Beyond that, out of focus but still visible, are houses across Princes Gardens. Light from the French windows leading to the balcony strikes the young woman's bare shoulder and white blouse. Such bold lighting is typical of Hawarden's work and distinguishes her from most of her contemporaries. The subject of young women gazing into mirrors in reverie became a favourite subject of the painter James McNeill Whistler: it is likely that he knew Hawarden's photographs through their mutual friend Seymour Haden.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Photograph
Brief Description
19thC, duplicate of D 427; Hawarden C, D 428, 5 Princes Gardens, Clementina, c. 1862
Physical Description
Sepia photograph mounted on card. The photograph shows a young woman, a shoulder bared, gazing into a cheval glass.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.1cm
  • See under shape width: 8.9cm
Style
Production typeUnlimited edition
Credit line
Given Lady Clementina Tottenham, 1939
Production
Reason For Production: Exhibition

Reason For Production: Retail
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
This is one of Lady Hawarden's finest and most characteristic photographs. Her daughter Clementina is shown seated in front of a mirror, gazing intently at her reflection. Beyond her in the mirror can be seen the balustrade of the balcony of the family house at 5 Princes Gardens, South Kensington, London. Beyond that, out of focus but still visible, are houses across Princes Gardens. Light from the French windows leading to the balcony strikes the young woman's bare shoulder and white blouse. Such bold lighting is typical of Hawarden's work and distinguishes her from most of her contemporaries. The subject of young women gazing into mirrors in reverie became a favourite subject of the painter James McNeill Whistler: it is likely that he knew Hawarden's photographs through their mutual friend Seymour Haden.
Collection
Accession Number
457:177-1968

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record createdFebruary 12, 2004
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