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Anna Brownell Jameson

Photographers: David Octavius Hill (1802 - 70) and Robert Adamson (1821 - 48)

'Portrait of Anna Brownell Jameson'

Anna Brownell Jameson (1794–1860) was one of a number of influential women in the arts photographed by Hill and Adamson. The daughter of an Irish artist, she started life as a governess for several aristocratic families. Unhappily married to a barrister, from whom she was formally separated in 1838, she became an influential travel writer and art critic, her work largely concentrating on women and directed to a female audience.

In 1847 she went to Italy with her niece and biographer, Gerardine Bate, to collect materials for the work on which her reputation mainly rests today: her series of 'Sacred and Legendary Art'.

Salted paper print from a calotype negative

From D.O. Hill and R. Adamson, One Hundred Calotype Sketches (Edinburgh, 1848)

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