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David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 34 portraits
Wynfield studied at Leigh's art school in the 1850s and had his first painting accepted at the Royal Academy in 1859. The paintings that he produced in the 1860s were often set in medieval or Renaissance times and dealt with the tragic consequences of love. He was the founder of the group of artists known as the St. John's Wood Clique. In the mid 1860s Wynfield produced a number of distinctive bust portraits of artists in fancy dress. The combination of soft focus, close-up, large-format print and historical costume produced a novel photographic idiom. Some of these were published as The Studio: A Collection of Photographic Portraits of Living Artists, Taken in the Style of Old Masters, by an Amateur.

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John Phillip

by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1860s