1 portrait on display in Room 24: wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, late 1850s
7 5/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (192 mm x 155 mm)
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Artistback to top
- (George) Herbert Watkins (1828-1916), Photographer. Artist associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Ristori posed many times for photographer (George) Herbert Watkins. Ristori is shown here in the role of Carmina, and the Watkins Album includes further studies of her in roles including Elizabeth I, Phaedra, Lady MacBeth, Mary Stuart.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 524
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Characters and Caricatures: Photographs by Herbert Watkins (3 June 2013 - 17 November 2013)
Events of 1857back to top
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