The Studio Girls

Hornel purchased Broughton House in Kirkcudbright in 1901 and immediately had his friend, the architect John Keppie, design a large studio at the back of the house. The studio backed on to the garden and this is where Hornel started using his camera to capture the choreographed poses he would transfer into paint. 

His eldest sister Elizabeth, nicknamed Tizzy, became his housekeeper. Local girls, chaperoned by their mothers and guided in the studio by Tizzy, began posing for Hornel’s camera. A local tailor and friend, Robert McConchie, helped with the photography, while Hornel directed the girls to move and stand in particular ways; ways that reflect the specific poses of the Japanese dancers.