Beautiful Victorian Portraits by Lady Clementina Hawarden

Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822 – 1865) was a noted portrait photographer of the Victorian Era.

She turned to photography in late 1857 or early 1858, whilst living on the estate of her husband’s family in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. A move to London in 1859 allowed her to set up a studio in her elegant home in South Kensington.

The furniture and characteristic decor of an upper-class London home was removed in order to create mise-en-scène images and theatrical poses within the first floor of her home – Hawarden’s characteristic portraits include her daughters Isabella Grace, Clementina, and Florence Elizabeth.

Hawarden produced albumen prints from wet-plate collodion negatives, a method commonly used at the time. Her work was widely acclaimed for its “artistic excellence”. Hawarden was considered an amateur photographer and while appreciated for her work, never became widely known as a photographer. Her photographic years were brief but prolific. Hawarden produced over eight hundred photographs from 1857-1864 before her sudden death. she died after suffering from pneumonia for one week, aged 42. It has been suggested that her immune system was weakened by constant contact with the photographic chemicals.

Her work is likened to Julia Margaret Cameron, another Victorian female photographer.

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A photograph that is possibly a self-portrait of Clementina, Lady Hawarden, taken in about 1862.

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Isabella by Clementina, Lady Hawarden

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Isabella by Lady Clementina Hawarden

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Clementina reading while sitting at the window wearing some kind of fancy dress or theatrical costume, ca. 1862-63 by Lady Clementina Hawarden.

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Clementina, reading a book by Clementina, Lady Hawarden

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Smiling Victorian Ladies – Photographs

Smiling Victorian Woman via pinterest.com

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Victorian Woman via pinterest.com

Alaskan woman late 1800s or early 1900s via tumblr.com

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Victorians in the “family way” – Photographs of Pregnant Ladies

Actress Lillie Langtry pregnant,  b. 1852

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Pregnant woman in late Victorian era.

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Very pregnant woman in Victorian clothes

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Pregnant woman Mrs Geo Anderson and her husband Mr Geo Anderson c1870-1875

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Pregnant woman ca. 1860

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Vintage Portraits of Legendary Opera Singer Nellie Melba (1859-1931)

Dame Nellie Melba GBE (1861 – 1931) born Helen “Nellie” Porter Mitchell became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the early 20th century. She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician.

She was an operatic soprano. She sang at Richmond (Australia) Public Hall at the age of six and was also a skilled pianist and organist, but she did not study singing until after her marriage to Charles Nesbitt Armstrong in 1882, with whom she had a son named George. In the 1890s she had an affair with Philippe, Duke of Orleans, that led to scandal and eventually divorce.

After the brief and unsuccessful marriage, she moved to Europe in search of a singing career. Failing to find engagements in London in 1886, she studied in Paris and soon made a great success there and in Brussels. Returning to London she quickly established herself as the leading lyric soprano at Covent Garden from 1888. She soon achieved further success in Paris and elsewhere in Europe, and later at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, debuting there in 1893. Her repertoire was small; in her whole career she sang no more than 25 roles and was closely identified with only ten.

Melba continued to sing until the last months of her life and made a legendary number of “farewell” appearances. Her death, in Australia, was news across the English-speaking world, and her funeral was a major national event.

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Drawing of the young Nellie Melba by Frank Haviland, published 1908

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Le théâtre illustré. Lucie de Lammermoor, à l’Opéra.
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Nellie Melba, by Unknown photographer, 1910s - NPG x135903 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Nellie Melba 1910s

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Nellie Melba by Elliott & Fry

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Portraits of Victorian Women

Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson), by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1866-1867 - NPG x18082 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson) by Julia Margaret Cameron 1866-1867

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Actress Marianne (Minnie) Conway, 1870s via Flickr

Emilie Charlotte ('Lillie') Langtry (née Le Breton), by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), 1899 - NPG x88809 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Actress and beauty Emilie Charlotte (‘Lillie’) Langtry (née Le Breton)

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1899 Debutantes Lady Blanche Ruth Brooke Tatton Grieve and Mrs. Bouchier, (née Flora Bathurst Greive)

The Most Brilliant Victorian Wedding Gowns

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 Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840; this is a middle aged Victoria and Albert who recreate their wedding day. Queen Victoria chose to marry in a white silk satin gown featuring Honiton lace, an unusual color choice for bridal gowns at the time; she started the white wedding gown tradition that remains today.

1858 photo of Princess Royal Victoria's wedding dress. She was the oldest daughter of Queen Victoria.

1858 photo of princess royal victorias wedding dress. She was the oldest daughter of queen Victoria. She married Frederick, Crown Prince of Germany and Prussia later Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1831–1888); 4 sons, 4 daughters (including Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia and Sophia, Queen of Greece)

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1863 Princess Alexandra Of Denmark, later Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India as the wife of King-Emperor Edward VII.

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Princess Louise (1848-1939) in her wedding dress. Married 1871, John Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845–1914), Marquess of Lorne, later 9th Duke of Argyll.

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Princess Helena (1846-1923) in her wedding dress. Married 1866, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (1831–1917); 4 sons (1 still-born), 2 daughters.

Princess Beatrice

1885 Princess Beatrice, the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Married 1885, Prince Henry of Battenberg (1858–1896); 3 sons, 1 daughter (Victoria Eugenie, Queen of Spain).

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Victoria of Baden. She married in Karlsruhe on 20 September 1881 Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden and Norway, the son of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway and Sofia of Nassau.

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Annie Chinery. The daughter of Dr Edward Chinery from Lymington, married the photographer Julia Cameron’s son Ewen in 1869

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Bride from the 1850s

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Baroness Christine von Linden (1879-1969). She married diplomat and adventurer Cecil Gosling  (1870-1943) on the 13th of May 1898. They married in London. She was the only daughter of Baron Adhémar Rudolph Caesar Conradin von Linden from Germany and Helene Euphrosyne Casavetti from London.

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Bride getting dressed, 1890s

Ice Skating in the Old Days

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Ice Skating couple

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Ice Skating on the Lullwater Prospect Park

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1901 Ice Skating on Great Miami River

Women-Ice-Skating by J.R. Taylor

Women Ice Skating by J.R. Taylor

Ice skating - Fred Flake and Flo Coine; Frank Thompson and Mrs. Matheson, 1910-1915

Ice Skaters

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Ice skating dress