Lady Clementina Hawarden
n 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.