Lady Clementina Hawarden, 'Dog balancing on two chairs'

Lady Clementina Hawarden, 'Dog balancing on two chairs'

Lady Clementina Hawarden
Dog balancing on two chairs
About 1861
Museum no. PH. 457:330-1968

This photograph shows a poodle balanced between two chairs. The photographer was Lady Clementina Hawarden. She took up photography in 1857 and became one of the most experimental and original photographers of the nineteenth century. She often used her children, husband and servants as models. This composition with the poodle illustrates the theatrical nature of many of her photographs.