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Frances Sally Day was born in England circa 1816, the daughter of portrait painted and photographer Hamilton Smith Day and Frances Rachel Day. Her paintings were exhibited annually at the Royal Academy of Art from 1838-1858, but was also active in photography from 1853. She was the first woman to photograph Queen Victoria (1819-1901) as there exist records from a portrait session at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight on 26th of July 1859 in which the Queen wrote in her diary that she was “photographed in the Lower Terrace by Miss Day and together with Mama and the children.”

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