About the Artwork

Like many other celebrities of the nineteenth century, the author Henry James sat for a number of professional photographers and shared these within his social networks. Isabella Stewart Gardner actively collected photographs of her friends and acquaintances, and she displayed many—including this one of a middle-aged James—in cases throughout her museum. James apparently sent Gardner more than one photograph of himself; in a self-deprecating letter from November 1882, he asks whether she would “accept the disagreeable photograph” of him that appeared in a recent national publication.

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Gardner Museum Custom Prints is your exclusive source for custom reproductions authorized and available for purchase directly from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. All items that are offered are produced using gallery-quality materials and the color is managed in a manner that produces a reproduction as true to the original as modern technology will allow.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering, so come back often to see our new releases.


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