Marta Weiss, who is curating a Cameron exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum this autumn, points out that a stray hand will occasionally be visible in a frame, holding up a drape. Her unfinished autobiography Annals of my Glasshouse was written in 1874 and published in 1889. A Study after the Manner of Francia, 1865, by Julia Margaret Cameron. The governor general of India once remarked that he divided humankind into “men, women and Pattles”. If they inspire you please support our work. Then there is the category of great men: Victorian patriarchs with facial hair so rampant it makes the efforts of today’s bearded hipsters seem lamentable. (Ryan eventually married Sir Henry Cotton, whose ancestors had run the East India Company. A Study After the Manner of Francia has two girls gazing skywards in a saintly manner, one holding a branch of lily flowers. “Once in her clutches, we were perfectly helpless. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day. The beautiful Julia Jackson, subject of some of Cameron’s most arresting portraits, was Woolf’s mother – as one can easily see in those deep-lidded eyes and angular face. Prospero and Miranda, c 1865, by Julia Margaret Cameron, with sitters Sir Henry Taylor and Mary Ryan. Can you tell us more about this person? Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind. We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled. Presented with a camera as a gift from her daughter, at the age of 48, she embraced photography with a passion bordering on obsession. There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. “When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavoured to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The glass house was only a henhouse converted into a studio, though the name has a fairytale ring. For she was the photographer’s great-niece. In praise of Julia Margaret Cameron | Letters, Julia Margaret Cameron's Victorian portrait photography – in pictures. She wrote of her: “Dressed in robes of flowing red velvet, she walked with her friends, stirring a cup of tea as she walked, half-way to the railway station in hot summer weather. There was no eccentricity that she would not have dared on their behalf, no sacrifice that she would not have made to procure a few more minutes of their society. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published. There is a portrait of an Italian man she calls Iago who seems to have stepped off a Prada catwalk. For 11 years Cameron exploded with creativity. She took a lesson from him, she wrote to Herschel, and “I consult him in correspondence whenever I am in difficulty”, which may have been onerous for Wynfield, for Cameron was a prolific letter-writer. Charles Darwin, Julia Margaret Cameron, Isle of Wight, 1868, printed 1875 - Carbon print from copy negative Cameron was best known for her powerful portraits. Portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron, by her son Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, c.1870. He was 20 years her senior and the possessor of a long white beard and snowy hair that tumbled down his back. According to Cameron’s account, Cotton fell in love with Ryan after seeing her in Cameron’s photograph Prospero and Miranda.). The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Photographs she made later to illustrate Tennyson’s Arthurian poem-cycle Idylls of the King can seem a little silly: solemn creations in which the costumes seem too redolent of the discarded curtain and dressing-up box. Birds flutter in through the open doors, the stars shine bright through the windows and Cameron dies with the word “beauty” on her lips. The most recent exhibition of her photographs were … Indian shawls, turquoise bracelets, inlaid portfolios, ivory elephants, ‘etc’, showered on their heads.”. Sir Henry and Lady Taylor suffered the extreme fury of her affection. In a letter to the astronomer Sir John Herschel, she acknowledged his influence: “You were my first teacher,” she wrote, “and to you I owe all the first experience and insights.” Responsible for some important early technical innovations, he had sent her some “Talbotypes”, early photographic images made according to a process developed by Henry Fox Talbot in 1841. “That’s the very attitude I want! Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron are in the collections of several of the best art museumsin Europe and America. If you have information to share please complete the form below. They “were liable to find themselves bidden in a way that brooked no denial into her studio, where, a few moments later, they would find themselves posing as Geraint, or Enid, Launcelot, or Guinevere...”. Here are Tennyson and Henry Taylor, great poets in whose venerable beards birds could comfortably nest; here is the painter George Frederic Watts, gazing down through a dark waterfall sprung from his chin. These men are strangers to personal grooming: here is Anthony Trollope, with lower face submerged in grizzled curls. It was the modernists who set the tone for the way we have long looked at Cameron’s photographs. Her father James Pattle was a well-respected official working for the East India Company. How do you know this? They are so unconscious of the abyss of ridicule which they skirt, so determined, so conscientious, so bravely provincial.”, Fry was writing in a volume published by the Hogarth Press in 1926, to which Virginia Woolf contributed a spirited essay about Cameron. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. Despite her success, in 1875 she left Britain for Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where they had coffee plantations, remaining there until her death three years later. But maybe it is time to think about them – suggests Marta Weiss – alongside the knowingly composed groups of Jeff Wall, or the self-fashioning of Cindy Sherman. In 1863, at 48 years old, she received her first camera from one of her six children, a gift meant to provide her with a hobby since they were grown. In fact it was Ryan and Sir Henry Taylor in that picture, and Cameron claimed in a memoir that Cotton fell in love with Ryan after seeing it; the main text and a picture caption have been corrected accordingly. Of a photograph of Watts’s wife, the artist Mary Fraser Tytler, surrounded by her sisters (an image called Rosebud Garden of Girls), he wrote: “There is something touching and heroic about the naive confidence of these people. Her close-up photographs of costumed men also owed something to the artist David Wilkie Wynfield’s habit of photographing his friends to resemble Titian portraits. She wrote that “from the first moment I handled my lens with a tender ardour, and it has become to me as a living thing, with voice and memory and creative vigour”. Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry, Sitter in 8 portraitsArtist associated with 114 portraitsBorn in Calcutta, educated in England and Paris, she married Charles Hay Cameron, a lawyer, in Calcutta in 1838, and moved to England on his retirement. Aunt Julia was not to be trifled with. We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist. More on Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian Giants range in our Shops | Tennyson and his Circle book in our Shops | Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition catalogue in our Shops Watch a film clip on the photographer from the BBC Archive in the Media section below. The photographs she made – working at first by trial, error and bossiness – were, she absolutely insisted. He would come in useful as a model for Merlin, later. The critic Roger Fry found the dressing-up-box groups irredeemably Victorian. She was the second of seven sisters, born into a wealthy, highly cultured, and well-educated family. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. It was here that Cameron toiled to create what she called “my first success”, a portrait of a girl called Annie, which she produced in January 1864. ulia Margaret Cameron was 48 when she was given a camera by her daughter and son-in-law in 1863. Please Like other favourites! Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Please could you let us know your source of information. Cameron was given her first camera 1863 and had her first exhibition at Colnaghi's in 1865. She would be “dressed in dark clothes, stained with chemicals from her photography, (and smelling of them too), with a plump eager face and a voice husky, and a little harsh, yet in some way compelling and even charming”.
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