1864 - age 40
Photograph by Cundall, Downes & Co. of 168 New Bond Street. They took a series of images to illustrate the one volume edition of The Woman in White. The book sold so well that as the glass negatives became unusable Collins returned to sit for them at least through to 1864. He wrote to his mother from Rome on 8 January 1864 "[When I return] I must sit again to Cundall & Downes.  All the "negatives" of the photographic portraits in The Woman In White are exhausted by the large sale - and, this time, I will take care that some really good likenesses are produced." Wilkie returned in March that year and this picture was probably taken around that date.


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