Photographic holdings - Albums 229-276
Lady Ottoline Morrell Album Twelve (Album 229)
Contains 93 pages with 252 prints
Sitters include: George Barker, Jessica Baker (née Woodward), Lady Anne Bentinck, Lord Charles Bentinck, Lady Olivia Bentinck (née Taylour), Lady Peggy Bentinck, William Arthur Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, Tancred Borenius, Gordon Bottomley, Simon Bussy, Benedetto & Adela Croce, Walter de la Mare, Anne and Adrian Goodman Francis Hackett, Signe Hackett (née Toksvig), Christopher Hassall, John Hayward, Aldous Huxley, Maria Huxley (née Nys), Matthew Huxley, Augustus John and Dorelia McNeil, Samuel S. Koteliansky, Henry Lamb, Lady Pansy Lamb (née Pankenham), Sir Edward Marsh, Hope Mirrless, Julian Morrell, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Philip Morrell, Robert Nichols, Norman Notley, Frank O'Connor, Edith Olivier, Lady Pembroke, Stephen Potter, T.F. Powys, Violet Powys (née Dodds), Catherine Colomb (Marion Reymond, née Colomb), Steven Runciman, Bertrand Russell (with Katherine & John), Peter (Patricia) Russell (née Spence), Hester Sassoon (née Gatty), Siegfried Sassoon, Boshi and Gertrude Sen, Dame Ethel Smyth, Sebastian Sprott, James Stephens, Millicent Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland, Lady Ivy Tichfiled (née Gordon-Lennox), later 7th Duchess of Portland, Lionel Filden, Andrew and David Wemyss, Lady Victoria Wemyss (née Cavendish-Bentinck), Lawrence Whistler, Mona Wilson, W. B. Yeats, G. M. Young.
Locations include: UK: 10 Gower Street, London, Ramsdale Park (Nottinghamshire), Kirby Lonsdale, Underley Hall (Lancashire) Lanwell Lodge, Melrose Abbey (Scotland), Roman Wall (Northumberland) York, (Yorkshire), Lincoln (Lincolnshire), Ely, Cambridge (Cambridgeshire), Hampton Court (Surrey), Studland, Corfe (Dorset), Salisbury, Broadchalke, Stonehenge, Farley (Wiltshire), Naworth Castle (Cumbria), Kenilworth Castle, Coleshill (Warwickshire), Lichfield (Staffordshire), Sheffield Place (Sussex), Groombridge Place (Kent). Ireland: Dublin, Leopardstown. France: Besançon. Switzerland: Vevey. Italy: Bergamo, Milan, Turin, Meana.
End date at Hampton Court: 27th September 1937
Index of subjects in the Lady Ottoline Morrell collection
De la Mare, Colin
Earp, Thomas W.
Keynes, John Maynard
Partridge, Frances (née Marshall)
Raman, Lady (wife of Sir C. V. Raman)
Van Heeckeren van Kell, Albertine
Waley, Arthur David
Yeats, William Butler
Lays and Legends (2nd Series) by E. Nesbit (Album 230)
Cloth bound book containing 160 pages of poems. Published 1892 by Longmans, Green & co., London. Frontispiece: Edith Nesbit by Thomas White of Lewisham (x127024)
Album of snapshot photographs by Queen Alexandra (Album 231)
Small album containing 25 pages of photographs taken by Queen Alexandra during the Norwegian Cruise on the Victoria and Albert in September 1904. Contains 53 small glossy purple-toned contact bromide prints. Subjects include portraits of crew members, landscapes, seascapes and a picnic by the Fane Fiord on 15 September 1904. Inscribed on the final page by Admiral Rundle stating that the album was presented to him by the Queen.
12 Albums of photographs collected and taken by Barbara Strachey (Albums 232-243)
Full list of contents compiled by Erika Ingham
Barbara Strachey Album One (Album 232)
America - The Smith Family
Barbara Strachey Album Two (Album 233)
America - Cousins
Barbara Strachey Album Three (Album 234)
To England. Friends - Hannah Whitall Smith, Frank Costelloe, older cousins
Barbara Strachey Album Four (Album 235)
England. Weddings - Mary Whitall Smith (Costelloe) - Alys Pearsall Smith - Frank's friends - Friday's Hill House)
Barbara Strachey Album Five (Album 236)
Smiths and Costelloes
Barbara Strachey Album Six (Album 237)
Barbara Strachey Album Seven (Album 238)
Ray and Karin (marriages and children, 1912-1928)
Barbara Strachey Album Eight (Album 239)
Stracheys and Bloomsburys
Barbara Strachey Album Nine (Album 240)
Younger Stracheys and Stephens
Barbara Strachey Album Ten (Album 241)
I Tatti (Bernard Berenson, Mary Berenson, Nicky Mariano and their friends)
Barbara Strachey Album Eleven (Album 242)
Alys Pearsall Smith, Logan Pearsall Smith, Ray Strachey. Barbara Strachey at school and Oxford, first husband, birth of Roger.
Barbara Strachey Album Twelve (Album 243)
Wolf Halpern and family, Michael Noble, Barbara Strachey's friends and later Christopher Strachey
Ellen Terry Jubilee Souvenir 1906 (Album 244)
Album produced on the occasion of the Stage Jubilee (1856-1906) of Dame (Alice) Ellen Terry. Comprising of 30 platinum prints by Window & Grove depicting Ellen Terry in costume for several of her dramatic roles, dating from 1878-1906.
Roles include: Ophelia ('Hamlet'), Portia ('The Merchant of Venice'), Camma ('The Cup'), Juliet ('Romeo and Juliet'), Beatrice ('Much Ado About Nothing'), Margaret ('Faust'), Lady Macbeth ('Macbeth'), Ellaline ('The Amber Heart'), Nance Oldfield ('Nance Oldfield'), Guinevere ('King Arthur'), Volumnia ('Coriolanus'), Mistress Page ('The Merry Wives of Windsor'), Alice Grey ('Alice Sit-by-the-Fire').
Given by Nicholas Blake, November 2007
Catalogued and scanned, November 2007
'Portraits of Members of the Society of Painters in Water Colours 1864' (Album 245)
Mary Eden Fisher Album (Album 246)
Given by John Webster, 2007
The Book of Fair Women (Album 247)
by E.O. Hoppé & Richard King. Limited edition, copy number 258, published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1922 with an accompanying essay on beauty by Richard King. Contains thirty-two photogravures by E.O. Hoppé.
NPG Acquisition numbers Ax132927-Ax132958
The Book of Fair Women was published in a limited edition of 560 numbered copies, first in Britain and then in America and Germany. The book contained thirty-two photogravure plates of Hoppé’s portraits of beautiful women from around the world. The German edition had four additional plates, taken by the daughter of Hoppé’s friend and mentor, the leading German portraitist Rudolf Dührkoop, Minya Diez-Dührkoop.
Transcript of Illustrations
1. ENGLAND ‘Hebe’
2. ENGLNAND Lady Diana Duff-Cooper
3. ENGLAND Miss Gladys Cooper
4. ENGLAND Miss Kathlene Martyn
5. SCOTLAND Viscountess Masserene and Ferrard
6. IRELAND Miss Grace D’Arcy
7. FRANCE Mdlle. Raymonde Thuillier
8. ALGIERS Madame Revalles
9. SPAIN Señora Maria Di Castellani
10. GIPSY Miss Fedora Roselli
11. ITALY Signora Comanetti
12. PORTUGAL Señora Maria Di Castellani
13. RUSSIA Mdlle. Fedorova
14. POLAND Madame Mika Mikun
15. NORWAY Miss Olga Morrison
16. SWEDEN Miss Ana Q. Nilson
17. ARMENIA Armen Ter Ohanian
18. AMERICA Lady Lavery
19. AMERICA Mrs Lydig Hoyt
20. AMERICA Viscountess Maidstone
21. AMERICA Miss Malvina Longfellow
22. AMERICA Miss Marion Davies
23. RED INDIAN Princess White Deer
24. CHILE Countess Lisburne
25. ECUADOR Mrs Haddon Chambers
29. DUTCH WEST INDIES
30. INDIA Princess Monchsa
31. JAPAN Mrs Tokugawa
32. CHINA Mrs Wellington Koo
Souvenir of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Ball (Album 248)
Vellum-bound souvenir album of the fancy dress ball held at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 20 June 1911. The ball was organised by a committee chaired by Mrs George Cornwallis-West (Jennie Jerome, later Lady Randolph Churchill) as part of a movement to endow and found a National Theatre commemorating Shakespeare's achievements and the tercentenary of his death on 23 April 1916. With about 4000 guests dressed in Elizabethan costume or as characters from Shakespeare's plays, the ball raised £10,000 towards the Shakespeare Memorial
Fund. The souvenir album went on sale for five guineas per copy.
Consisting of 49 numbered pages and a further separate 48 colour and black and white illustrated plates depicting a number of the ball's attendees in costume. Many of these are reproductions of drawings and paintings while 26 of these plates are photogravures of photographs illustrating the following individuals:
- ‘Countess of Wemyss as Katherine of Aragon' by Langfier
- ‘Lady Mond as Queen in "Richard II"' by Collings
- ‘Lady Paget as a Court Lady in "Henry VI"' by Langfier
- ‘The Duchess of Wellington's Quadrille Party (A Midsummer Night's Dream) - Group taken at Apsley House' by Mendelssohn
- ‘Lord Alexander Thynne as Henry VI' and ‘Duchess of Westminster as Queen of France in Henry VI' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Lady Rosemary Leveson-Gower (sitting) & Countess Zia Torby - Court Ladies in "Henry VI"' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Viscountess Lewisham. Miss Una Shaw-Stewart. Lady Nunburnholme. As Fairies in "The Tempest"' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Lady Cynthia Graham & Lady Juliet Duff as Amazons' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Duke of Somerset as The Lord Protector' by Squire
- ‘Lady Lowther, Court Lady in Henry VI' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Miss Helen Meysey-Thompson as Ceres, Lady Mary Dawson as June, Lady Victoria Carrington as Iris, Lady Joan Legge as Miranda' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Mrs John Leslie as a Court Lady in "Twelfth Night"' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Duke of Manchester. Lord Dunraven. Baron de Tuyll. Countess of Craven. Duchess of Manchester' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘1. Countess Hochberg and Sir Hill Child', ‘2. Sir Godfrey Baring', ‘3. Sir Abe Bailey and Family', 4. Lady Baring and Viscount Maitland' (4 on one page) by Langfier Ltd and Topical
- ‘Hon. Mrs Rupert Beckett as Duchess of Gloucester' and ‘Viscountess Ingestre as Noble Lady in Henry VI' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Lord Colum Stuart as Salario in "The Merchant of Venice"' by Robert Faulkner & Co
- ‘Lady Gwendolin Spencer Churchill as Attendant on Portia' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Mr Graham Robertson as Borachio. Mr A.E.W. Mason as Balthasar. Lady Alexander as Hero' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Lady Beatrice Pole-Carew as "Portia"' by Lallie Charles
- ‘Viscountess Curzon as Margaret of England' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘The Hon. Victoria Sackville-West, (Lady Saviles Quadrille.)' by Speaight
- ‘Duchess of Sutherland. Mr Louis Mallet. Mrs George Lambton. Lord Charles Beresford' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Miss Violet Vanbrugh (Mrs Arthur Bourchier) as Lady Macbeth' by Lallie Charles
- ‘Mr Goschen. The Hon. H. Onslow. Mr Derek Fitzgerald. Mr Grand. Mr Dawson Damer. Lord Gerald Wellesley. Lady Eileen Wellesley. Lt. Sherston' by Langfier Ltd
- ‘Lady Lister-Kaye as Court Lady in "Twelfth Night"' by W. & D. Downey
- ‘Lord Sackville as Thomas Sackville Earl of Dorset' by Speaight
The volume also contains essays by George Bernard Shaw, Gilbert Keith (‘G.K.') Chesterton, Anthony Hope, Joseph William Comyns Carr, (Charles) Lewis Hind, the 2nd Earl of Lytton and (Henry) Hamilton Fyfe.
Edited by Mrs George Cornwallis-West
Published 1912 for the Shakespeare Ball Committee by Frederick Warne & Co: London & New York; printed by Hudson & Kearns, Limited at the Hatfield Street Press, London S.E.
Ida Kar- Artists album, Paris, 1954 (Album 249)
Sprial bound album, with red card cover, compiled by Ida Kar in 1954. The label on the front cover is stamped: Copyright Photograph by Ida Kar, 1 Litchfield Street, London WC2.
The album contains 94 vintage prints (NPG Ax134230- Ax134323) of artists photographed in Paris in the spring of 1954 when Kar took a three-month sabbatical from her theatrical
photography to build up a notable portfolio of artists at work. The results of Kar’s ‘busy round of visits to studios and ateliers’ in Paris were shown alongside fifteen of her portraits of British artists at Gallery One in October 1954 under the title Forty Artists from London and Paris. They were licensed to Camera Press and circulated with captions by Bill Hopkins, a novelist and lodger at Litchfield Street.
Sitters included in the album:
- Costas Andreou
- Jean Bazaine
- André Beaudin
- Camille Bombois
- Massimo Campigli
- Le Corbusier
- Tsugouharu Foujita
- Alberto Giacometti
- Hans Hartung
- Roger Lacourière
- Robert Lapoujade
- Fernand Léger
- Emmanuel Mané-Katz
- Joan Miró
- Jean Pougny
- Man Ray
- Germaine Richier
- Gérard Schneider
- Gino Severini
- Pierre Soulages
- Ossip Zadkine
Purchased 1999, as part of the Ida Kar archive
Patrick O'Connor Album (Album 250)
Bequeathed by Patrick O’Connor, 2010
Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book: Photographs from my Camera (Album 251)
Volume bound in cream cloth covers with green lettering to front and spine. Published by The Daily Telegraph in 1908. Contains reproductions of photographs by Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), consort to King Edward VII, with captions in an arrangement that mimics a photographic album. Copies were originally sold to raise money for the Queen’s charities.
Subjects include members of Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII’s families; informal occasions at places such as Balmoral, Sandringham, Cardiff, Cowes, Portsmouth, Gibraltar, Malta, Corfu, Greece, Norway and in Africa; and maritime subjects such as H.M. Submarine A9, Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Nimrod embarking for the South Pole in 1907 and the raising of the cruiser HMS Gladiator in 1908 after its collision with the American steamer SS Saint Paul.
Howard Coster albums (Albums 252-253)
Two albums containing approximately 104 vintage bromide prints of notable personalities from the twentieth century. Taken during the 1930s and 1940s by Howard Coster, subjects include: Aldous Huxley, A.A. Milne, Christopher Nevinson, Herbert Morrison, Storm Jameson, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Vera Brittain, Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, Harry Pollitt and John Galsworthy. The Gallery’s collection of original negatives by Howard Coster includes many of the sittings reproduced in these two albums.
Bassano Studio Album (Album 254)
Green leather-bound album, inscribed ‘The Property of Alexander Bassano, 25 Old Bond St.’.
Contains 34 photographic prints produced by the Bassano studio. They show multiple poses of cabinet cards laid out on wooden frames, labelled with the sitters’ names and sitting numbers, which were then re-photographed. The sitters are predominantly professional/ society beauties, actors, actresses and singers. One page is dedicated to portraits of Field Marshal Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener and another shows various scenes from ‘Kitty Grey’, a musical comedy that was staged at the Apollo Theatre.
The album was probably used as a sample book for the reordering of prints and as the sitters are all well-known, it is likely they would have been bought as stock by photographic printsellers. See also Album 255 and Album 260 for a similar album produced by the Elliott & Fry studio.
Catalogued: Ax136800 - Ax136833
Bassano Studio Album (Album 255)
Red leather-bound album. Includes contents page listing sitters in alphabetical order with negative numbers and related page numbers in the album. Contains 82 photographic prints produced by the Bassano studio. They show multiple poses of vintage prints pinned on to frames, labelled with the sitters’ names and sitting numbers, which were then re-photographed.. The sitters include actresses, society men and women and other public figures.
The album was probably used as a sample book for the reordering of prints. See also Album 254 and Album 260 for a similar album produced by the Elliott & Fry studio.
Catalogued: Ax136900 - Ax136981
Howard Coster Churchill Album (Album 256)
Given by the estate of Howard Coster, 1959
Snapshots taken during Queen Alexandra’s tours on the Royal Yacht (Album 257)
Small album containing 30 pages of photographs taken during Queen Alexandra’s tours on the Royal Yacht ‘Victoria and Albert’ between 1902 and 1904. Subjects include portraits of Queen Alexandra, Haakon VII, King of Norway, Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary of Wales and members of the yacht’s crew. There are also a number of landscapes, seascapes and a picnic by the Fane Fiord. Inscribed on the first page by Admiral Mark Rundle.
Henry Irving and Ellen Terry Cuttings Album (Album 258)
Large brown cloth-bound, landscape format album with wheat-sheaf design and ‘POST CARD ALBUM’ impressed on the front cover. 77 pages followed by further blank pages. Pen annotation on inside cover: ‘Sir Henry Irving / 1905’. Pasted into the album are newspaper cuttings (text and images) from 1905 (the year Irving died), including reports regarding his final London performances (June 1905), his visit to Bradford (11 October 1905), obituaries and tributes after his death, and reports of his lying-in-state and funeral at Westminster Abbey. There are also newspaper cuttings from 1938, the centenary of Irving’s birth.
Other documents (some loose) include the Irving memorial issue of The Supplement to the Era (21 October 1905) and theatre programmes for the following plays at the Royal Lyceum Theatre:
- Faust (from 6 May 1902)
- Becket (5, 6, 8 and 9 June 1893)
- Olivia (30 November 1885)
- Olivia (7 June 1893)
- King Arthur (8 June 1895)
- Faust (24 to 26 June 1895)
- Louis XI (27 and 28 June 1895)
- Nance Oldfield, A Story of Waterloo and Don Quixote (12 June 1895)
- The Merchant of Venice (17 to 22 June 1895)
- Much Ado About Nothing (4 July 1895)
- Charles I (11 July 1895)
- The Medicine Man (16 to 21 May 1898)
Ten original photographic items, including black and white postcards (showing Irving in character and in private dress), a hand-coloured cabinet card of Irving as Mephistopheles in Faust after Bernard Partridge’s painting, a cabinet card of Irving as the Vicar in Olivia (damaged) and a carbon print by William Crooke called ‘the last photograph taken of Sir Henry Irving’ in another cutting from the album.
Reproductions of artwork by Paul Renouard, Arthur Kemp Tebby, A.S. Boyd, Harry Furniss, Bernard Partridge, James Pryde, Frederick Barnard, Phil May and others. Reproductions of photographs by Warwick Brookes, Lafayette, Valentine & Son, Elliott & Fry, The Cameron Studio, Window & Grove, Ellis and others. They include studio portraits of Irving, memorial tributes, scenes from his lying-in-state and funeral, and illustrations of Irving, Ellen Terry and others in character.
Further newspaper cuttings (text and images) relating to Ellen Terry, including a report of her investiture as Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire (1925), the seventieth anniversary of the start of her stage career, reports of her funeral (1928) and memorial tributes.
Given by an anonymous donor, 2005
Photographs catalogued, 2013 (NPG Ax137398 – Ax137406)
Cabinet Cards of the Royal Family (Album 259)
Small red velvet- bound album containing twelve cabinet cards of members of the royal family.
Sitters include: Queen Alexandra; Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen; Victoria, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia; Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen; Queen Victoria; Princess Helen, Duchess of Albany; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale; Prince George William Frederick Charles, 2nd Duke of Cambridge; King George V; King Edward VII; Marie Alexandrovna, Duchess of Edinburgh; Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Russia; Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Photographers include: London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company; John Chancellor; Carl Backofen; Byrne & Co; Herbert Rose Barraud; W. & D. Downey; G. West & Son; Eduard Uhlenhuth; Abel Lewis.
Given by Terence Pepper, June 2014
Photographs catalogued: NPG Ax197500 - Ax197511
Elliott & Fry (Album 260)
Contains 27 composite photographs consisting of 1304 thumbnail portraits of distinguished sitters, including royalty, politicians, aristocratic ladies and professional beauties, clergymen, writers, historians, philanthropists, actors and actresses and various musical celebrities. These also include a number of images showing the cast of Iolanthe in costume for their roles in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's production at London’s Savoy Theatre (1882-4). Written by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, the comic opera opened on 25 November 1882 to great acclaim and ran for a total of 398 performances.
Produced by the Elliott & Fry studio (active 1863-1962), the album is a significant but partial record of the studio’s pre-World War Two output, particularly as their premises and historic archive were destroyed in enemy action in 1942. It was probably used as a sample book for the reordering of prints and as the sitters are all well-known celebrities of the day, it is likely they would have been bought as stock by photographic printsellers.
Catalogued: Ax139900 - Ax139926
'The Playgoer's Calendar for 1915’ (Album 261)
Containing eight photogravure portraits.
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Loewentheil Album (Album 262)
Album bound in contemporary morocco leather (dimensions: 391 x 324 x 55 mm). Contains approximately 400 albumen prints from the 1860s and 1870s by various photographers, which are mounted on sheets of heavy card within hand-drawn decorative pen and ink designs. The autographs of some of the subjects depicted are mounted on the pages facing the photographs.
Includes eminent figures of the day from various fields of endeavour, arranged by subject. The album opens with photographs of the compiler’s family, followed by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and views of Balmoral, Osborne, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. The album continues with pages devoted to royalty and nobility from Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Holland and Turkey.
The second section of the album (marked ‘PART II’) includes portraits of distinguished Victorian figures from the areas of religion, politics, law, the armed forces, literature, music, exploration, and the performing arts, amongst others. Sitters include the Archbishop of Canterbury Archibald Campbell Tait (1811-82) and Bishop of London John Jackson (1811-85), politicians Richard Cobden (1804-65) and John Bright (1811-89), Field Marshal Colin Campbell, Baron Clyde (1792-1863), poets Matthew Arnold (1822-88) and Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-92), artists Edwin Landseer (1802-73) and Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-96), scientists Charles Darwin (1809-82) and Sir John Herschel, 1st Bt (1792-1871), writers Harriet Martineau (1802-76) and Wilkie Collins (1824-89), explorers Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-93) and Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), foreign leaders Maharaja Duleep Singh (1838-93) and United States President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85), and singers Adelina Patti (1843-1919) and Sir Charles Santley (1834-1922).
The photographs are familiar as ones that were more widely available as loose cartes-de-visite and are, in many instances, recognisably by some of the most well-known studio portraitists of the period, including Charles Clifford, John Jabez Edwin Mayall, John & Charles Watkins, Camille Silvy and Elliott & Fry. At present, the identity of the artist for the album’s decorative drawings is unclear, apart from the indication on the opening page that it was ‘Designed and collected for Tooney Leonora’.
The album appears to be a work in progress owing to some empty spaces in the hand-drawn designs, some with annotations of the names of intended sitters, indicating the compiler waited for the acquisition of the right portraits to complete the designs.
Given by Stephan Loewentheil, 2015
Bettina Harden family album (Album 263)
Contains 354 photographs, dating to the 1850s and 1860s, mostly carte-de-visite size with some that are larger format. The photographers are unidentified but some are clearly by leading photographic portraitists of the day, such as Camille Silvy, Disdéri, Ghémar Frères, John Jabez Edwin Mayall and Leonida Caldesi.
Annotated inside front cover: ‘Fannie D. Brown / 25th December 1862’. The album was given to Colonel Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson (1861-1940) by his mother, Frances Dorothy Browne (née Synge-Hutchinson) (1828-1900), and he made the notes under the photographs in December 1917 for genealogical purposes. The sitter identifications are incomplete and uncertain in some instances.
Pages 1 to 11 consist of portraits of members of the British royal family, and from other royal and imperial families of Europe. Colonel Browne-Synge-Hutchinson indicates: ‘‘The photos on pages 15 to 35 are all of my mother’s family’, ‘The Photographs on pages 39 to 59 are, I believe, all of my father’s relatives & connections except Nos. 2 & 3 on p. 41’, ‘The pictures on pages 61 to 67 were in a scrap-book brought home by my mother, from India, in 1861 or 2’, ‘The photos on pages 66 to the end of the book are all of friends of my father and mother’ and ‘The photos on pages 88 to 95 were in a scrapbook brought home by my mother, from India, in 1861 or 2’. His father was Major David Phillip Browne (1821-1867 ) of the 7th Queen's Own Hussars. Includes several photographs taken in India with army officers of the 7th Queen's Own Hussars. Pages 141 and 143: ‘Japanese ambassador and their suite, who went out to India in the same ship with my father. One of them gave him an “opium pipe” and a “Japanese picture”, which I [?] have, 1926. My father must have sailed for India shortly after 17 June 1864, as his passage from “Mansailles” to “Calcutta”, appears in his Bank “Pass-Book” on that date.’
Given by Bettina Harden, 2015, together with a portrait of Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson (NPG x199163)
Celebrated Jockeys (Album 264)
Concertina-style album stored folded in a contemporary green morocco wallet, gilt-titled ‘Celebrated Jockeys’. Contains 21 albumen cartes-de-visite portraits of British jockeys, hand-coloured in racing colours. Almost all are by Lombardi & Co (active 1863-1901) and date to between 1874 and 1877. Purchased, 2015
David Bailey’s Box of Pin-Ups (Album 265)
Portfolio of 36 prints of sitters from the world of fashion, music and art, many of whom were David Bailey’s friends. Published in 1965 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, each print has a printed title and description of the sitter on the reverse.
Sitters include: Mick Jagger, the Beatles, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jean Shrimpton, Cecil Beaton, Terence Stamp, Michael Cain, the Kray brothers and Rudolf Nureyev. The cover note, written by Francis Wyndham, declares that the set includes surprisingly few women as ‘in the age of Mick Jagger it is the boys who are the pin-ups.’
Moyne album (Album 266)
Album containing around two hundred snapshot images, mostly taken during Lord and Lady Moyne’s 1934 cruise to the Middle East on board their yacht Rosaura. Other notable guests during the month long cruise were Winston and Clementine Churchill who feature in the album. They visited Athens, Cyprus, Jericho and Petra and then travelled across the Sinai desert to Cairo, where Churchill painted the pyramids. This album of snapshots was probably compiled by Lady Moyne and includes her annotations of the people and places photographed during the cruise.
John Gay Album (Album 267)
Dark red cloth bound album. Fifteen card pages with individually mounted silver gelatin prints. A number of the portraits were published in The Strand Magazine.
Sitters: William Somerset Maugham, Desmond Flower, Graham Greene and Douglas Jerrold, Ronald Howe, Sylvia Peters, Mike Hawthorn, Robin Darwin and Madge Garland, Dylan Thomas, W.A.R. Collins, Sir Harold Scott, Maurice Gorham, Raphael Sabatini, Arthur Ransome, Sir Stanley Unwin, A.S. Frere.
Bequeathed by John Gay, 2003
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Mitford Album (Album 268)
Green cloth bound album of 105 photographs of Nancy and Diana Mitford and various notable associates; c. 1933-4 at a stately home (as yet unidentified) and mostly by the same photographer.
Sitters: Nancy Mitford, Peter Rodd, Diana Mitford, David Tennant (1902-68), ‘Hermione’, Derek Jackson, Elizabeth Ann (‘Poppet’) Jackson, Vivian Jackson, (Maria) Stella Jackson (née Wynn), David John Jackson, Joan Sylvia (née Southey), Viscountess Falkland, Hon. Elizabeth-Ann Cary, Hon. Jean Rosemary Cary, Mary Dunn, Geoffrey Gilmour, Michael Rowley, ‘Vera’
Purchased November 2015
Souvenir: The Installation of H.H. Maharajah Ranjitsinji Jam Saheb of Nawanagar (Album 269)
Relating to the installation of Ranjitsinhji ('Ranji') Vibhaji, Maharaja Jam Sahib of Navanagar as Jam Sahib at Kathiawad on 11 March 1907.
Produced by Vernon & Co., Bombay
The album contains 70 (71) individual platinum and carbon prints of various sizes on 25 grey heavy card mounts. The larger prints are mounted mostly one per page, others are mounted in various patterns. Each page has an embossed motif at the upper right corner. The Album includes: a hand-coloured portrait of Maharaja Ranjitsinhji , the famous cricketer; Lord Minto, the Viceroy; the rulers of Kutch, Idar, Alwar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Porbunder, Mysore, Ratlam, Wankaner, Rajpipla, Rajkot, Sachin, Wadhwan, and Gondal; the heirs-apparent of Junagadh and Idar; the arrival of the Maharaja; carriages; on route to the Installation Durbar in a howdah; the ceremony; a tennis party; the Maharaja in his 24 HP Napier; various buildings and views around the state.
Given by Kusoom Vadgama, 2019
Bassano Celebrities (Albums 270-275)
Six albums containing photographic prints produced by the Bassano studio.
The albums were probably used as sample books for the reordering of prints. See also Albums 254 and 255 by the Bassano Studio, and Album 260 for a similar album by the Elliott & Fry studio.
Street Life in London - Woodburytypes by John Thomson. Text by Adolphe Smith, 1878.
37 mounted Woodburytypes on 36 leaves. Photographic illustrations made from life for this publication.
Originally published as a monthly serial, Street Life in London was published in twelve parts. It was then published in book form in brown and variant green bindings. A pioneering work in the history of documentary photography. The types represented here in Thomson's photographs include cab men, street doctors, public disinfectors, labourers, Italian street musicians, fruit and fish sellers. Incomplete text. Previously rebound with cloth and modern gilt-title spine and cover labels.
Purchased December 2020
Ax201317 - Ax201353
Major Francis Gresley
Major Francis Gresley Album
A retired army officer, Major Francis Gresley (1807-80) was a leading member of the influential Amateur Photographic Association, one of several groups that arose in this period to cultivate popular interest in photography.
Folio (302 x 240 mm.), with original green roan-backed green cloth boards with an upper cover stamped in gilt 'Indestructible Scrap Book'. The contents of the album include 7 photographs taken c.1860 around Winterdyne House, Bewdley, Worcestershire, the owner of which was Gresley, and these photographs may have been taken by him and 15 photographs of students and faculty at Radley College taken in 1859 by an unidentified photographer.
On long term loan from the Collection of Stephan Loewentheil.
Develop your art skills
Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.
Hold Still photography workshop
Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise.
Draw Like a Renaissance Master
Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.