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)