Mary Georgina Filmer

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Collage by Mary Georgina Filmer (mid-1860s)

Lady Mary Georgina Filmer (née Cecil, 1838–1903) was an early proponent of the art of photographic collage.[1][2]

A Victorian socialite, Lady Filmer produced several albums consisting of watercolour scenes decorated with photomontages.[3] One of her works (from the so-called Filmer Album) depicts a drawing room, painted in watercolour, in which she has added photographic cut-outs from albumen silver prints. She positions herself next to a large figure of the Prince of Wales, with whom she was known to flirt.[4] Her albums and glue pot are set out on a large table beside her. Much smaller, Sir Edmund Filmer, her husband, is seated next to a pet dog. In 2010, the work was included in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art titled "Playing With Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage".[5]


  1. ^ "Lady Mary Georgiana Filmer", Luminous Lint. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  2. ^ "CECIL, Mary Georgina Caroline". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Lady Filmer: Photomontage", Musée d'Orsay. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  4. ^ Claudine Isé, "Review: Playing with Pictures/Art Institute of Chicago", Newcity Art. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  5. ^ Roberta Smith, "The Pastime of Victorian Cutups", The New York Times, 4 February 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2013.

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