An early picture taken by the Victorian  photographer Emma Johnston, showing a Mr Horn, his niece and other family and friends posing for the camera

Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead

An early picture taken by the Victorian photographer Emma Johnston, showing a Mr Horn, his niece and other family and friends posing for the camera, London

E J F Edwards by Emma Johnston 1858-1864

Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead

Edwards: portrait taken by long forgotten Victorian photographer Emma Johnston who documented the activities of her immediate circle and the many influential visitors to her family's home, Manor House, in Hampstead, London England.

Not much is known about the Hampstead, middle-class photographer other than her life can be best understood through her photographs which cover the years 1858-1864

Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead

Not much is known about the Hampstead, middle-class photographer, Emma Johnston other than her life can be best understood through her photographs which cover the years

A mother poses for Miss Johnston while her young son has a nap and remains completely oblivious to the camera. Long-forgotten Victorian photographer Emma Johnston documented the activities of her immediate circle and the many influential visitors to the family home, Manor House.

Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead

A mother poses for Miss Johnston while her young son has a nap and remains completely oblivious to the camera. Photo by Emma Johnson of Hampstead, England

When I first saw this faded image from 1860, it immediately struck me as something quite special. The image was taken by Victorian photographer Emma Johnston, her work is all but forgotten now but it documents the Hampstead middle-classes from 1858 to 1864.

When I first saw this faded image from 1860, it immediately struck me as something quite special. The image was taken by Victorian photographer Emma Johnston, her work is all but forgotten now but it documents the Hampstead middle-classes from 1858 to 1864.

Photograph by Emma Johnston of Homstead, England. She began photographing about 1858.  Lots of tucks in the dressses

Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead

Emma Johnston used her family as her subjects for many of her portraits and here she uses her mother, aunts Jane and Ellen, and 'W' and George

Rare glimpse of 19th-century intellectual suburban life in Hampstead

Emma Johnston used her family as her subjects for many of her portraits and here she uses her mother, aunts Jane and Ellen, and 'W' and George - English

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Play episode, Q&A Brian Greene, Tamara Davis, Alan Finkel, Emma Johnston, Upulie Divisekera

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