Frederick Hollyer Miss Alma Murray, Actress
Medium Toned platinum or related metal print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1890c Print Date 1890c
Dimensions 11 x 7 in. (279 x 178 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
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About This Image
Photographer's stamp on verso of mount. Sitter identification in pencil on recto of mount below image.
Frederick Hollyer (June 17, 1838 – November 21, 1933) was an English photographer and engraver known for his photographic reproductions of paintings and drawings, particularly those of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and for portraits of literary and artistic figures of late Victorian and Edwardian London.
Hollyer became interested in photography about 1860. He made albumen and carbon prints, but his preferred medium was the platinotype or platinum print process, admired for its permanence and great tonal range. Under the patronage of Frederic Leighton, Hollyer began to photograph paintings and drawings in the 1870s.
Hollyer did much to establish photography as a fine art. His work was widely acclaimed in his own day; in 1897, a critic in The Studio lamented: "Mr. Hollyer, in sheer good nature, ought to exhibit a failure now and then, if only to encourage critics. As it is, year by year, they have to ring changes on the most eulogistic adjectives, and feel all the time that they are not doing more than scant justice to memorable work."
Hollyer joined the Royal Photographic Society 1865 and became a Fellow in 1895, but was also involved in The Linked Ring, a society formed to support pictorialism in opposition to the Photographic Society. He was a member of the Solar Club and became one of the Founder Members of the Professional Photographers' Association in 1901.
Today, Hollyer is remembered chiefly for his photographs of Burne-Jones, William Morris, and their circle.
Alma Murray (1854–1945) was an English actress. She was born in London into a theatrical family, the daughter of actors Leigh Murray and his wife Sarah Mannering.
Murray's first appearance was at the Olympic in 1870 as Sacharissa in The Princess. She played at the Lyceum with Henry Irving in 1879 and at different West End theaters from 1882 to 1897, and took a prominent part in the few attempts to produce the dramas of Shelley and Browning, playing Beatrice in The Cenci (1886) and Mildred in A Blot in the 'Scutcheon (1888). She played Helena in John Todhunter's Helena in Troas (1886).
Alma Murray married the poet Alfred William Forman (1840-1925), the first translator of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. She played Mrs. Maylie in Oliver Twist (1905), (1912), the Queen in Pelleas and Melisande (1911), Lady Dedmond in Galsworthy's Fugitive (1913), and Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in Shaw's Pygmalion (1914).
A collection of letters between Murray and George Bernard Shaw was privately published in Edinburgh in 1927.
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