Belle Bilton; Mary Ansell
Belle Bilton; Mary Ansell
by and after Alexander Bassano
bromide print, circa 1902
6 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (175 mm x 242 mm) image size
Sittersback to top
- Mary Ansell (1862-1950), Actress; wife of Sir James Matthew ('J.M.') Barrie, Bt. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Isabel Maude Penrice ('Belle') Le-Poer-Trench (née Bilton), Countess of Clancarty (1867-1906), Music hall entertainer; wife of 5th Earl of Clancarty; daughter of John George Bilton. Sitter in 34 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Alexander Bassano (1829-1913), Photographer. Artist associated with 2805 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This page from an album marked 'The Property of Alexander Bassano' depicts a number of cabinet cards, showing varying poses, lined up on a wooden frame, along with the sitters' names and sitting numbers, which have then been re-photographed. The sitters in the album are society beauties, popular figures and actresses, such as Belle Bilton (Countess of Clancarty) and Mary Ansell who are pictured here. It is possible that Bassano used this album as a catalogue for the ordering of prints.
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Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographer's studio, 25 Old Bond Street , London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Alexander Bassano: Victorian Photographer (From 25 March 2013)
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Events of 1902back to top
Current affairsPrime Minister Lord Salisbury resigns and is replaced by his nephew, Balfour, who this year introduces the Education Act, which controversially hands control of secondary education from school boards to Local Education Authorities.
Arthur Griffith, leader of the Society of Gaels, introduces a policy of 'Sinn Fein' at a Society meeting in Dublin, which includes passive resistance to the British and the establishment of an Irish ruling council.
Art and scienceJoseph Conrad publishes his short story The Heart of Darkness, a powerful critique of European imperialism. Based on his experiences in Africa, the narrative follows Charles Marlow's journey into the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz.
In New York, Alfred Stieglitz founds the Photo-Secession movement, a group of US photographers influenced by the Pictoralist movement, seeking recognition of photography as art in its own terms.
InternationalThe first Aswan Dam is opened on the Nile, at the time the world's largest dam. The gravity dam, 1900m long and 54m high, was designed by Sir William Willcocks and built by engineers including Sir John Aird, whose firm John Aird & Company was the main contractor.
The Boer War ends after the Boers accept their loss of independence under the Treaty of Vereeniging, bringing the Boer republics under British control.
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