Pincian Garden, Rome

Possibly by Jane Martha St. John British

Not on view

St. John was likely drawn to photography through her friendship with the Llewelyn family, relatives of William Henry Fox Talbot who took an avid interest in the medium. She and her husband toured Italy in 1856, where she became an indefatigable photographer. She recorded all the main sights in Rome and sent a group of prints to Emma Llewelyn, whose album is on view here. The photograph of characteristic Mediterranean flora reflects the typical interests of the well-educated Victorian woman, for whom amateur photography and gardening were creative pursuits.

Pincian Garden, Rome, Possibly by Jane Martha St. John (British, Coln St. Aldwyn, Gloucestershire 1801–1882 Oakley, Hampshire), Albumen silver print

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