Australia 1911 – 2003

Jean Lorraine [Portrait by candlelight] 1943 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 1985
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: white semi-gloss Agfa photographic paper

Primary Insc: signed l.r., pencil "- Olive Cotton" dated l.l., pencil "...'43" titled l.l., pencil "Jean Lorraine"
Dimensions: printed image 28.2 h x 20.2 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 27.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1770
  • This portrait of Cotton’s friend Jean Lorraine is also known as Portrait by candlelight, on account of the fact that the light source was just one candle. The portrait was taken in the Dupain studio after nightfall, with the studio in complete darkness bar the single candle, which Cotton used to illuminate Jean’s face for the 90-second exposure.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra