by Francis Frith
albumen print on paper, 1857
7 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (186 mm x 142 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Francis Frith (1822-1898), Photographer. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Francis Frith (1822-1898), Photographer. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 32 Read entry
Frith travelled to the East with his special portable darkroom, sometimes developing pictures in the cool of the tombs he photographed. In Akabar, he wore Arab garb sixty years before T. E. Lawrence. The image reproduced here appeared as the frontispiece to his two-volume publication Egypt and Palestine photographed and described by Francis Frith (London, 1858-9). He fulfilled Baudelaire’s idea that photography should ‘enrich the tourist’s album and restore to his eye the precision which his memory may lack’.
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 163
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850-2000 (20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1857back to top
Current affairsPalmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.
Art and scienceElizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.