Mrs Elizabeth Johnstone, Newhaven by Hill & Adamson (c. 1846)

The photograph titled “Mrs. Elizabeth Johnstone, Newhaven,” created by the duo Hill & Adamson, dates back to around 1846. It is an early example of portrait photography, capturing the essence of the subject from that period.

In the photograph, we see a woman posed seated, looking off to the side rather than directly at the camera, giving an introspective or contemplative feel to the image. She is dressed in attire that reflects the era and possibly her social status or occupation, with a distinct striped skirt and a shawl draped over her shoulders. A bonnet frames her face, and in her hands, she holds what appears to be a woven basket. The lighting casts shadows on her face, adding depth and character to her features. The photograph has the sepia tone typical of the monochrome photographic processes of the period.

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