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I am looking to find the photographer of this image, a British cdv labeled 'The Widow's Mite'. It reminds me of Rejlander's genre scenes, but I have been unsuccessful in finding anything about it. No back mark. I have blurred out the seller's watermark here.

Much obliged for any information.


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Comment by David McGreevy on November 14, 2018 at 22:39

Thanks, Jonathan, Denis, and Michael. much appreciated. Very quick work.

Comment by Jonathan Ross on November 12, 2018 at 12:18

Comment by Jonathan Ross on November 12, 2018 at 12:08

The image is by Michael Burr (1826-1912), better known for his many, frequently tinted, stereoscopic genre views which usually have either Registered or Copyright beside the title.  This one appears in the National Stereoscopic Association (USA) listing of his views as having been registered on June 15, 1864, according to the copyright deposit records located at The National Archives at Kew. You can read more about Burr in The Poor Man's Picture Gallery by Denis Pellerin and Brian May.

Comment by Denis Pellerin on November 12, 2018 at 10:04

Hi David,

the original version of this image was published as a stereo card by Birmingham photographer Michael Burr. It was copyrighted on 15 June 1864.

Comment by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 8:18

Hi, David. There is an image with this title registered in 1903 which seems a bit later than the image you illustrate. See:

'Photograph. 'The Widow's Mite' taken at the entrance to Culross Parish Church. Old lady with little child dropping in penny in the collection plate and looking up into the presiding elder's face. Two figures entering church'.

Copyright owner of work: Robert Forbes, 79 George Street, Edinburgh. Copyright author of work: Robert Forbes, 79 George Street, Edinburgh. Form completed: 28 September 1903. Registration stamp: 1903 September 29.

The original oil painting by Millais on which the image is based was registered in 1880 by Agnews:

'Oil painting. 'The Widow's Mite'. Woman dressed in black carrying a box on her arm and putting coin into a money box'.

No copy of photograph(s)/artwork(s) annexed.

Copyright owner of work: Thomas Agnew and Sons, 39 Old Bond Street, London. Copyright author of work: John Everett Millais, RA, 2 Palace Gate, South Kensington. Name of parties to agreement: Thomas Agnew and Sons, John Everett Millais. Date of agreement: 4 August 1869. Form completed: 25 May 1880. Registration stamp: 1880 May 28.

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