Mary Frances, Mrs Walter Crane, 1886


Mary Frances (Mrs Walter Crane) by Frederick Hollyer, 1886

Mary Frances Andrews had married Walter Crane, the painter, illustrator, designer, writer and teacher, in 1871. She is shown here in a high-waisted, uncorseted dress that was derived from classical costume. It was of a kind promoted in advanced circles as ‘Rational Dress‘. The photographer, Frederick Hollyer, was a leading specialist in the photographic reproduction of paintings, but he devoted one day a week to sitters from artistic and literary circles. His atmospheric photographs contribute considerably to our understanding of the period.

source: Victoria & Albert Museum

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