Photographic study, by Viscountess Clementia Hawarden

Photographic study, by Viscountess Clementia Hawarden

Photographic study
Lady Clementia Hawarden
1861-2
London
Albumen process
Museum no. PH.457:423-1968
Given by Lady Clementia Tottenham

The woman in this photograph sports a hairstyle that was very fashionable in the 1850s. Her hair is parted in the middle, swept down and looped loosely around the ears. However, she wears a distinctly 1860s crinoline skirt. Until about 1868 the fashion was for extremely full skirts, held up by cage crinoline petticoats made of cane, metal or whalebone hoops.

For men, most collars were still upstanding for formal or business wear, but here Donald Cameron wears his collars turned down, a style increasingly fashionable in the 1860s.

The woman in this photograph is either Lady Hawarden herself or her sister Anne. She is holding a photograph of bare trees. The Hawarden family album indicates that the man is Donald Cameron of Lochiel.