Eveleen Myers

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Eveleen Myers
George Frederic Watts - Portrait of Eveleen Tennant (later Mrs. F.W.H. Myers).jpg
Portrait of Myers née Tennant by George Frederic Watts, 1876
Eveleen Tennant

(1856-11-21)21 November 1856
London, United Kingdom
Died12 March 1937(1937-03-12) (aged 80)
London, United Kingdom
Known forPhotography
Frederic William Henry Myers (m. 1880)

Eveleen Tennant Myers (21 November 1856, Russell Square, London – 12 March 1937, London) was an English photographer.[1]


Tennant was the third daughter of Charles Tennant (1796-1873) and Gertrude Barbara Rich Collier (1819–1918). Her sister was the artist, Dorothy Tennant.[2] She married the classicist and psychical researcher Frederic William Henry Myers (1843-1901) in 1880. They had two sons, the elder the novelist Leopold Hamilton Myers (1881–1944), and a daughter, the author Silvia Myers Blennerhassett.

Tennant posed for the Pre-Raphaelite painters George Frederic Watts and John Everett Millais.[3]

Myers took up photography in 1888, taking pictures of her family and visitors. She was self-taught.[2]


The National Portrait Gallery, London holds 203 of her photographic portraits, as well as 30 portraits with Myers née Tennant as the subject.[2]

Tate in London holds portrait paintings by Watts[4] and by Millais[5] of Myers.


  1. ^ Crompton, Sarah (6 May 2016). "She takes a good picture: six forgotten female pioneers of photography". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Eveleen Myers (née Tennant) (1856-1937), Photographer". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ Oberhausen, Judy; Peeters, Nic. "Excavating the work of Eveleen Myers". Understanding British Portraits. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "George Frederic Watts: Eveleen Tennant, later Mrs F.W.H. Myers: exhibited 1880". Tate. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Sir John Everett Millais, Bt: Miss Eveleen Tennant: 1874". Tate. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hamilton, Trevor (2009). Immortal Longings: F.W.H. Myers and the Victorian search for life after death. Imprint Academic. ISBN 978-1-8454-0248-8.

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