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Wynfield, a successful painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy, is today best known for the remarkable photographic portraits of his contemporaries that he produced in the 1860's, including pictures of Millais, Lord Leigton, Holman Hunt, Manet, and Burne-Jones. Ground-breaking in their close-up format, soft focus, and chiaroscuro effects, which made his portraits remarkable for their immediacy, Wynfield's photographs were identified by Julia Margaret Cameron - the most acclaimed British photographer of the nineteenth century - as the dominant influence on her work.
"The lost pages of history" was how art critic Francis Palgrave decribed the subjects painted by the St. John's Wood clique to which Wynfield belonged, and the phrase can be equally applied to the artist's own photographic career. For most of the 20th century one unique collection of his photographs, which is preserved at the Royal Academy in London, has only been known to scholars.
From the Author
Juliet Hacking trained as an art historian at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her specialist research area is British photography of the mid-Victorian period. She currently works as a researcher at the National Portrait Gallery.
Uniting prevously unpublished portraits wuth better-known works by David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-87), this intimate picture of nineteenth-century artistic London, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the National POrtrait Gallery, is the first devoted exclusively to Wynfield's photography, and illustrates his unique contribution to art.