Sarah Acland honoured

28 July 2016

Society news

Acland homeSarah Angelina Acland FRPS, the pioneer colour photographer, was honoured recently with a blue plaque on her former home at 10 Park Town, Oxford. The plaque was initiated by the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board and was supported by the Royal Photographic Society, her biographer Giles Hudson and others. Amongst those attending the ceremony were Lt-Col Sir Guy Acland, Bt, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, photographic historians, and residents of Park Town.Guests were hosted by the current owner of the house Margaret PInsent and the ceremony was attended by members of the Acland family. The RPS Director-General; Dr Michael Pritchard gave an address to the assembled audience.

Acland (1849-1930) had a long association with photography. As a child she and her siblings were photographed by Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, her brothers and father were all accomplished photographers and she was acclaimed as a portrait photographer. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1905. 

A collection of her colour photographs is held at the Museum of the History Science in Oxford. Her monochrome studies and papers are kept in the Bodleian. She was the subject of a book by Giles Hudson which was published by the Bodleian Library in 2012. 

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