Gertrude Käsebier (American, 18521934)
Platinum print; 9 1/16 x 5 3/16 in. (23 x 13.2 cm)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933 (33.43.132)
After the photographer F. Holland Day introduced Käsebier to Francis Watts Lee, an amateur Boston photographer and printer, Käsebier made this portrait of Lee's wife Agnes and their daughter Peggy, almost certainly at their stylish Boston home. An exquisite description of the Victorian ideals of femininity and motherhood, reinforced by the biblical title and the print of the Annunciation on the wall behind the figures, the photograph also evokes the idyllic domesticity of the Arts and Crafts movement. Stieglitz published the photograph in Camera Notes (July 1900) and also in the first issue of Camera Work (January 1903). In 1906, he included this print in an exhibition of the work of Käsebier and Clarence White at his Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which had opened the previous year.