The Archive’s Earliest Photo Taken by a Woman

While we were doing the picture research for the Historic England publication Picturing England (2015), we discovered the earliest known photograph held in the Historic England Archive taken by a woman.

In an album of photographs is an albumen print of a family group with the caption ‘Group taken at Rotherfield by Miss E Scott 1864’.

At the time the photograph was taken, Rotherfield Park in Hampshire was owned by James Winter Scott (1799-1873), High Sheriff of Hampshire. It is possible that the photograph was taken by his daughter Elinor (1832-1914).

Group of people seated and standing outside building
‘Group taken at Rotherfield by Miss E Scott 1864’, Rotherfield Park, East Tisted, Hampshire 1864 Miss E Scott © Historic England Archive AL2364/003/02
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