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Category Archives: Women photographers

Minna Keene (1861–1943): Pictorial Portraitist

During the 1900s women became increasingly active in pictorial portraiture. Minna Keene (1861–1943) was one of the most accomplished practitioners of the genre. Her photographs were regularly seen in the popular photographic journals, as well as in several solo exhibitions. Read more of this post

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Pre-Raphaelite Photography: Sarah Angelina Acland and Millais’s Portrait of Ruskin at Glenfinlas

The announcement of the acquisition by the Ashmolean Museum of John Everett Millais’s celebrated portrait of John Ruskin marks a new chapter in the history of a painting that not only has an important place in the grand narrative of the history of art, but also a more private history, through one of Ruskin’s pupils, the photographer Sarah Angelina Acland. Bequeathed by Ruskin to her father Henry Wentworth Acland, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, for three decades the portrait hung over Miss Acland’s writing desk in her home opposite the Sheldonian Theatre. As well as treasuring the painting as a likeness of her close friend and mentor in artistic matters, in the late 1890s Miss Acland also used the work as a test subject in her experiments in orthochromatic photography, which she pursued in the spirit of the Pre-Raphaelites, around whom she had grown up.

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Reviews of Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography

Daily Telegraph

Telegraph

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Acland Images

Images for the news release “Sarah Angelina Acland re-discovered as one of the pioneers of colour photography”.

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Sarah Angelina Acland, Photographer

Press Release:

Sarah Angelina Acland re-discovered as one of the Pioneers of Colour Photography

 
Oxford, September 2012 – A richly illustrated book from Bodleian Library Publishing on the life, career, and pictures of pioneering photographic artist Sarah Angelina Acland sheds new light on the history of colour photography.
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