Victorian Photocollage

A whimsical new exhibit reveals the rarely seen art of photocollage made by aristocratic Victorian women, including works from Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection. VIEW OUR GALLERY.

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Maria Harriet Elizabeth Cator (English, died 1881)


Untitled page from the Cator Album, late 1860s/70s
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
Hans P. Kraus, Jr., New York

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Mary Georgiana Caroline, Lady Filmer (English, 1838–1903)


Untitled loose page from the Filmer Album, mid-1860s
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
Paul F. Walter

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Marie-Blanche-Hennelle Fournier (French, 1831–1906)


Untitled page from the Madame B Album, 1870s
Collage of watercolor, ink, and albumen silver prints
The Art Institute of Chicago, Mary and Leigh Block Endowment, 2005.297

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Kate Edith Gough (English, 1856–1948)


Untitled page from the Gough Album, late 1870s
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Frances Elizabeth, Viscountess Jocelyn (English, 1820–1880)


“Diamond Shape with Nine Studio Portraits of the Palmerston Family and a Painted Cherry Blossom Surround,” from the Jocelyn Album, 1860s
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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Victoria Alexandrina Anderson-Pelham, Countess of Yarborough (English, 1840–?), and Eva Macdonald (English, 1846/50–?)


“Mixed Pickles” (detail), from the Westmorland Album, 1864/70
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Georgina Berkeley (English, 1831–1919)


Untitled page from the Berkeley Album, 1867/71
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Photo credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY

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Georgina Berkeley (English, 1831–1919)


Untitled page from the Berkeley Album, 1867/71
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Photo credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY

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Elizabeth Pleydell-Bouverie (English, died 1889) and Jane Pleydell-Bouverie (English, died 1903) or Ellen Pleydell-Bouverie (English, 1849–?) and Janet Pleydell-Bouverie (English, 1850–1906)


Untitled page from the Bouverie Album, 1872/77
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film

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Constance Sackville-West (English, 1846–1929) or Amy Augusta Frederica Annabella Cochrane-Baillie (English, 1853–1913)


Untitled page from the Sackville-West Album, 1867/73
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film

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Alexandra, Princess of Wales (English, born Denmark, 1844–1925)


Untitled page from the Princess Alexandra Album, 1866/69
Collage of watercolor and albumen silver prints
The Royal Collection © 2009, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II