Thursday, July 4, 2019

39 Exceptional Photographic Portraits From the 1840's



After the introduction of photography in the 1840s the early Victorians soon recognized the medium’s potential for portraiture. At first only the rich could afford high prices at fashionable city photographic studios. Alongside the professionals, gentleman amateurs worked to master photography’s complicated chemistry and optics. It was the children or other relatives of these first photographers who sat for their early experimental portraits. Below is a collection of 39 rare portrait photos of people taken in the 1840s.



Portrait of a beautiful bride, ca. 1840s



 Charlotte Lockhart, later Mrs Hope, grand-daughter of Sir Walter Scott, circa 1846




Couple in winter clothes, ca. 1840s



Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified man holding a book with another man moving 
into frame behind him, ca. 1840s



Daguerreotype portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, 1842



Portrait of Edgar Allen Poe, taken several months before his death, 1849



Fisher Lassie and her child by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843-1848



Fishwife from Newhaven by Hill and Adamson, 1843-1847



Girl wearing a white chemisette, holding long watch on chain, 1845



Handsome gentleman in the late 1840s



James Fillans with his two daughters by Hill and Adamson, 1845



Jane Webster (née Binny); Justine Gallie (née Monro); Mrs Marrable (née Binny) by 
Hill and Adamson, 1843-1848



Lady Eastlake by Hill and Adamson, 1843-1848



Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways (1773-1846), ca. early 1840s



Lady Georgina Elizabeth Wharncliffe (née Ryder), John Stuart-Wortley by David 
Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1846



Matilda Smith (née Rigby) by Hill and Adamson, 1843-1848



Miss Elizabeth (Betsy) Etty, daughter of John Etty, by Hill and Adamson, 1844



Miss Kemp by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843-1848



Miss Munro by Hill and Adamson, 1843-1848



 Mother and child in the late 1840s



Mrs. Jameson by Hill and Adamson, 1843-47



Mrs. Rishton (née McCandlish) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843-1848



Mrs. Shanker by Hill and Adamson, 1843-1847



Portrait of a gentleman, 1845



Portrait of a lady, possibly a domestic servant, in a striped dress, late 1840s



Portrait of a lovely couple in the early 1840s



Portrait of a woman, 1844



Portrait of Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake (17 November 1809 – 2 October 1893) in the early 
1840s



Portrait of Jane Sophia Barker (née Harden) by David Octavius Hill and Robert 
Adamson, 1844



Portrait of Miss Dorothy Catherine Draper in 1940



Portrait of Mrs. Isabella Morrison Bell by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 
1843-1848



Portrait of old woman in 1848



Portrait of two young women by Carl Ferdinand Stelzner, 1849



Sophia Finlay by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843-1848



Styling it up in 1842



Woman holding a Daguerreotype portrait, ca. late 1840s



Woman with two daughters, 1840s



Young lady in dress, 1840s



Young woman in 'bead print' dress, 1845









1 comment:

  1. Some of the finest early portrait photos I've come across. Some show an early grasp in composition that I wouldn't have expected in a medium only a few years old.

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