Lady Clementina Hawarden


An aristocratic amateur photographer living a secluded life in Kensington., London. Lady Hawarden was until recently little known. The airy piquancy of her intimate domestic portraits ( mostly of her daughters) place her ahead of her time.
Yet Lady Hawarden remains mid-Victorian - and to some extent Pre- Raphaelite. Her work reflects the art of adornment of the human figure as this was conceived by people of certain sensibility around the 1860. As with Pre-Raphaelite models the crinoline is abandoned. Everything hangs loose. Accessories bespeak remote eras and far-off places. Also reminiscent of Pre-Raphaelitism - particularly of Rossetti's portrayal of young woman - is the sensuality of the sitters, which is unconsciously yet oddly emphasised by a clever manipulation of light.
Lewis Carroll, an amateur photographer with similar artistic concerns and more tangible Pre-Raphaelite connections, was an admirer of Lady Hawarden.