Photograph, portrait of Mary Frances, Mrs Walter Crane
Frederick Hollyer (1837-1933)
Museum no. 7811-1938
Mary Frances Andrews had married Walter Crane, the painter, illustrator, designer, writer and teacher, in 1871. She is shown here in a high-waisted, uncorseted dress that was derived from classical costume. It was of a kind promoted in artistic social circles as 'Rational Dress'. The photographer, Frederick Hollyer, was a leading specialist in the photographic reproduction of paintings, but he devoted one day a week to sitters from artistic and literary circles. His atmospheric photographs contribute considerably to our understanding of the period.