by and after Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (86 mm x 55 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2012
Sitterback to top
- Alfred Mellon (1820-1867), Musician, violinist, conductor and composer. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- (George) Herbert Watkins (1828-1916), Photographer. Artist associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Photographed at the time Mellon was music director of The Pyne and Harrison English opera company who produced his opera Victorine (1859).
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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