Hannah Cullwick: Purloined Portraits

November 15 - December 4, 1987

Organized by Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery

“Between 1853 and 1874 Hannah Cullwick, an English domestic servant, kept a diary and had photographs taken of herself. The photographs were shown or given to her friends and acquaintances, occasionally exhibited in photographic studio windows, collected in her album or given to Arthur Munby, her sweetheart throughout that time. The diaries on the other hand were kept a secret from her peers. Both the diaries and the photographs for the most part were produced during their secretive, (because cross class) romance.

Circulated and Catalogue by Heather Dawkins