Lady Clementina Hawarden photographs set for $237,000 Bonhams auction



2015-06-26 13:09:49

Lady Clementina Hawarden photographs set for $237,000 Bonhams auction

Most of Lady Clementina Hawarden's photographs are housed at London's V&A

A rare opportunity to own works by famed portrait photographer Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-1865) presents itself on March 16 at Bonhams in London.

Lady Clemintina Hawarden photograph This Hawarden photograph sold for 2,280 ($3,599) in 2001

The majority of her work is housed at London's Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, yet some 37 photographs will be up for grabs at the sale.

Privately owned photographs by Hawarden seldom come up for auction - further adding to the excitement of the sale. A single print, produced in the early 1860s, sold for 2,280 ($3,599) at Sotheby's in 2001.

The albumen prints of her three eldest daughters, along with two of her pencil sketches and a further 15 albumen works, many of which may have also been produced by Hawarden, will carry a 150,000 ($237,126) high estimate when they auction in a single lot.

"The sale of this exceptional collection by one of the most important and influential Victorian fine art photographers is a rare event in this market," says the auction house.

Hawarden photograph Hawardens three eldest daughters posed for the photographs in the collection

Most of the photographs are distinct from those prints housed at the V&A. The photographs are thought to have once been housed together in an album, possibly belonging to a family member.

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