Lady Hawarden: Clementina, Lady Hawarden: Studies from Life 1857-1864
"Lady Clementina Hawarden was a well-regarded portrait photographer of the
1860s--a pioneer at a time when many women were receiving recognition in
literature, but not in the visual arts. Lewis Carroll praised and collected
Lady Hawarden's photographs, which predated even the work of her better-known
contemporary Julia Margaret Cameron, and art historians contend that her
photographs influenced the portrait painting of James McNeill Whistler. Though
Hawarden and her daughters were, like most women of their day, bound by home
and hearth, in these enigmatic pictures they imagine themselves transformed.
Hawarden left behind no written record of her work, but Virgina Dodier has
painstakingly gathered what rare material exists for this biography."