Photograph of Clementia Maude, by Viscountess Clementia Hawarden

Photograph of Clementia Maude, by Viscountess Clementia Hawarden

Photograph of Clementia Maude
Viscountess Clementia Hawarden
About 1862-3
London
Museum no. PH.296-1947
Given by Lady Clementia Tottenham

This dress is typical of a very fashionable early 1860s shape. The skirt is held out by a large cage crinoline petticoat giving the skirt a full bell shape, with extra volume and length at the back. The waist is set quite high and the torso is a pronounced hourglass shape due to the corset commonly worn by women of every class. The waist, although emphasised, is not small because the massive proportions of the skirt make the rest of the body appear dainty.

The hair is very typical of the 1860s. It is parted in the middle and swept down flat into loops or buns towards the nape of the neck.

This photograph gives a good idea of Lady Hawarden's studio and the way she used it. It was situated on the second floor of her house at 5 Princes Gardens in the South Kensington area of London. Here her daughter Clementina poses beside a mirror. A movable screen has been placed behind it, across the opening into the next room. A side table at the left balances a desk at the right. The figure of the young girl is partially balanced and echoed by the camera reflected in the mirror and the embroidery resting on the table beside it.