Lunchtime Lecture: Who Was Britain’s First Female Photographer?

3 May 2018, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Portrait of a woman in a garden, taken with a Mousetrap camera, ©National Science And Media Museum

Portrait of a woman in a garden, taken with a Mousetrap camera,
© National Science And Media Museum

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Photo historian Rose Teanby tells the stories of five women who made their mark at the dawn of photography.  Despite the social restrictions of Georgian and early Victorian England, these women contributed to the science and art of photography, wholeheartedly embracing its potential. All of these talented women contributed a photographic first, but one left an unparalleled legacy of ‘sun pictures’.  

Rose Teanby is a photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Her portrait of shot putter and strongman Geoff Capes was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 2015. She is the biographer of Robert Howlett and led a successful campaign to restore and rededicate his grave in 2017. Rose presented a Lunchtime Lecture last year, telling the hidden story behind Howlett's iconic portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in front of the launching chains of the SS Great Eastern. This followed her appearance in the BBC4 documentary Britain in Focus: A Photographic History.  She now turns her attention to pioneering women photographers and their unique contribution to British photographic history.

Part of the programme of events complementing Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.