1864 - age 40

This interesting image is on thin paper unmounted on card which has been carefully window mounted on a sheet of paper as if for inclusion in a book. The photographer is identified from the CDV image which is clearly identical. The date comes from Wilkie's own letters. Letters indicate he planned to sit for John Watkins on 30 January 1862 and probably did so in late May 1864. Shortly after that sitting he wrote to his mother "I send you four autographs on the other leaf - and I enclose two photographs (done by another photographer), which seem to me to be the best likenesses yet produced of me." (to Harriet Collins 11 June 1864 Public Face I 322)


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