ALICE HUGHES

(1857-1939)

Alice Hughes studied photography at the London Polytechnic. In 1891 she opened her studio as the first professional woman photographer. At the height of her fame Hughes employed sixty women staff including twelve spotters and retouchers. She later opened a studio at 104 Ebury Street, where she operated until her retirement in 1927. Hughes worked in platinotype and started the fashion of being photographed in large hats and evening dress in the style of Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough. She specialised in the graceful posing of mother and child groups.

Duchess of Portland and her son, the Marquis of Titchfield. Tearsheet for The Sketch, 28 June 1899.

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Coronation photograph of Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) by Alice Hughes, 9th August 1902. Taken at her studio at 52 Gower Street, London.

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H.R.H. Princess Mary (1897-1965)

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Duchess of Portland and her son, the Marquis of Titchfield. Tearsheet for The Sketch, 28 June 1899.

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