Unknown boy, by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), 1890s - NPG x4908 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Unknown boy

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
platinotype cabinet card, 1890s
5 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (144 mm x 100 mm) image size
Given by Robert R. Steele, 1939
NPG x4908

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Scott Thomas Buckle

2 February 2017, 15:42

Is this really a portrait of Philip Burne-Jones? The sitter does not resemble any of the other known photographic portraits of Philip Burne-Jones. The photograph bears the address of "70 Mortimer St", where Henry Herschel Hay Cameron operated from the mid 1880s, suggesting a date later than the given one of "circa 1870". The lettering of the platinotype cabinet card matches another from The Cameron Studio from 1893 (NPG Ax13951). Philip Burne-Jones was born in 1861; if the photograph is much later, (the style and medium of the photograph would suggest this) then the sitter is more likely to have been born c1880.

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