Lady Helena Newenham and the Spirit of Her Daughter
Albumen carte de visite, 2.25 x 4 inches
June 4, 1872
Hudson had a studio at 177 Holloway Road, London. He is credited with producing the first spirit photograph made in Britain on March 4, 1872, just three months before this image was made.
Inscription on verso:
"June 4th 1872/Mrs. Olive (?) and Mr. Herne, Mediums. Lady Helena Newenham and the spirit of her daughter."
Frank Herne was a prominent medium who began giving seances in January, 1869. Witnesses reported he was capable of levitation during seances and was even miraculously transported from place to place by spirits.
Cyril Permutt, Beyond the Spectrum, A Survey of Supernormal Photography (Cambridge: Patrick Stevens, Ltd., 1983). p. 89.