Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | November 5, 2013

Tuesday Art Blogging

Julia Jackson - Photo by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Julia Prinsep Jackson, 1867.

Jackson was Cameron’s niece and was 19 when this photograph was taken. Julia Jackson (later Julia Stephen) was the mother of Virginia Woolf (born 1882).

Cameron began taking photographs in 1863, when her daughter gave her a camera as a present.

Annie my first success, by Julia Margaret Cameron (restored)

Julia Margaret Cameron, Annie, my first success, 1864.

As indicated in a note to Annie’s father (shown below), given with a copy of the photograph, Cameron considered this portrait to be her “first perfect success” in photography.

Letter to Annie's father, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Study of Beatrice Cenci, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron, Study of Beatrice Cenci, 1866.

Sadness, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron, Sadness, 1864.

Cameron’s subject in the above picture, Ellen Terry, was a British actress well known at the time for a number of Shakespearean roles.

Julia Cameron moved in some fairly high social circles — her father and husband were both officials in the British colonial government of India, and when Cameron and her family moved back to Britain after her husband retired from colonial service, Lord Tennyson was one of their neighbors. The society in which she moved allowed her to capture portrait photographs of a number of famous individuals.

Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Darwin, 1868.

Alfred Lord Tennyson 1869

Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1869.

HenryWLongFellow1868

Julia Margaret Cameron, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1868.

Sir John Herschel with Cap by Julia Margaret Cameron (detail)

Julia Margaret Cameron, Sir John Herschel, 1867.

Image Source: all photographs from Wikimedia Commons.

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