Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt; John Bright; Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford

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Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt; John Bright; Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford, by Rupert Potter, 30 September 1875 - NPG x4324 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt; John Bright; Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford

by Rupert Potter
albumen print, 30 September 1875
7 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (199 mm x 147 mm) image size
Given by Rupert Potter, 1876
Photographs Collection
NPG x4324

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  • Rupert Potter (1832-1914), Barrister and photographer; father of Beatrix Potter. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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The Potters rented Dalguise House in Perthshire from 1871 to 1882, where Beatrix Potter spent some of her happiest childhood days. Her parents frequently entertained family and friends, including the painter Millais (1829-96), and Liberal politicians Bright (1811-89) and James (1828-1911). They are shown here in front of the market cross of Dunkeld, formerly located in the town's centre but moved to the grounds of Dalguise House, which became a recurrent backdrop for Potter's photographs. Other visiting friends photographed by Rupert included the Unitarian minister William Gaskell and the actress Lillie Langtry.

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  • Lambert, Miles, Fashion in Photographs 1860-1880, 1991, p. 108

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