EVELEEN MYERS

(1856-1937)

Eveleen married the classicist and physical researcher Frederick W.H. Myers in 1880 and took up photography in 1888 to record the lives of her three children Leo, Silvia and Harold. Her most accomplished works are her simply posed and naturally lit portrait heads, many of which were of the well-known contemporaries that she entertained in Cambridge at her specially built Leckhampton House and London. On many occasions she photographed her sister, the artist Dorothy Tennant (1855-1926), later wife of the African explorer Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904). The National Portrait Gallery holds over 203 of her platinotype photographs.