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Rose Teanby's excellent research work looking at early British women photographers continues to grow.  The most recent post is on Lady Emily Payne-Gallwey (sic) who joined the Photographic Society in 1853, it's inaugural year. The other photographers so far in the series are: Mary Ann Boulton, Elizabeth Stockdale WIlkinson, Jessie Mann, Elizabeth Vignoles, Caroline Taylor, Jane Nina Wigley, Catherine Verschoyle, Frances Monteith, 

Rose will be a speaker at the Anna Atkins conference at the New York Public Library in October.

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Image: D O Hill and RObert Admason, ‘Unknown Woman 15’, 1843-7, probably photographer Jessie Mann. 
Scottish National Portrait Gallery (PGP HA 2442)

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Comment by Julian Holland on September 5, 2018 at 0:34

That's an excellent project.  I wonder if the definition could be stretched to include a woman who was not a photographer, but who earned considerable esteem as a photographic colourist.  I refer to Miss Bond of Southsea.  Lewis Carroll considered her in 1877 as 'the best photographic colourist living, I think' (Carroll to Mrs Hatch, 14 March 1877).  Miss Bond seems to have been the Elizabeth Bond referred to in the 1871 Census as being born in Bow Lane, Middlesex, aged 25, living with her 51 year old widowed mother, also Elizabeth Bond, at 106 Wish Street, Portsea, both recorded as artists.  The mother was born in Alresford, Hampshire.

The 1881 Census records the elder Elizabeth Bond as a boarder in the household of Lavinia Jenkins (53) at 38 Brougham Rd, Southsea, both of them listed as 'Artist (Photo Painter)'.

Miss Bond applied a label to the backs of photos she coloured: 'Under the Patronage of / H.M. the Queen & Royal Family / Painted by Miss Bond, / 1, Oakley Place, / Southsea'.  From the variety and distribution of photographers whose images she coloured, it seems that she worked independently.  Several examples are to be found on the internet.

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