A Nun of Anglot

Recently I came across this unusual cdv, showing a Bernardine nun at a French convent at Anglot, a small village between the rival cities of Bayonne and Biarritz. The convent was founded in the 1830s, some twenty years before Napoleon III drew attention to Biarritz by building the Empress Eugenie a summer residence there.  An aristocratic Australian, Lady Fairlie Cunninghame, wrote about the Bernardines at Anglot in the 1890s, noting: “Photography is another of their industries, and very good photographs of the sisters and the convent, done by themselves, can be boughthere, as well as dolls, dressed in the habit ot the order, and many other prettily made ornaments and bits of work.” [Brisbane Courier 21 June 1892.] I suspect this photograph may have been taken by one of the nuns around this time. How did the humble sisters deal with the temptation?

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