Janet and Iris Laing, 1910 to 1915

These autochromes were taken between 1910 and 1915. They show Janet and Iris Laing in their parents’ house and garden in Headington, Oxford.

The pictures were taken by the girls’ mother, Etheldreda Laing, an artist and photographer. Etheldreda died in 1960. In about 1930, Janet became the second wife of Howard Montagu Bulmer de Sales La Terriere. In 1958, Iris, aged 55, married Sir John Randolph Leslie, 3rd Baronet of Glaslough, becoming Lady Shane Leslie. She died in 1995.

Bury Knowle House is now a library, and the gardens are a park. The images are held by the Science Museum, through the Science and Society Library.

Janet in Japanese costume c.1914



Iris c.1911

Janet c.1914

Iris c.1910

Iris c. 1910

Janet c. 1915
Janet aged 12 and Iris aged 7, c.1910

Janet c.1912