On Portrait Photography

“I mustn’t forget, while I think of it, to thank you for the rich delight you gave me in sending the Tatler with the portrait of Mrs. Kendall in her virtuous old age! Really it is almost inconceivable; however insufferable one felt her, one never could have guessed that such qualities were there, inherent in her, waiting to imprint themselves on her face. And one wonders if it is not owing to sheer malice on the part of the photographer that we see them; could she, poor creature, blind to the horror revealed, have allowed it to be published? Never have I seen such a hideous old age or anything more horribly funny.”

— Anne Douglas Sedgwick in a letter to Mrs. James Pitman, December 7, 1912


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