- Julia Margaret Cameron Kolkata, India, 1815 - Kalutara, Sri Lanka, 1879
- Series:Camera Work No. 41, January 1913
- Date:1864 / Posthumous print, 1913
- Technique:Photogravure on Japanese paper
- Dimensions:Image: diameter 15,6 cm / Support: 28 x 19,9 cm
- Category: Photography
- Entry date:2005
- Register number:AD03999-005
Julia Margaret Cameron began to take photographs at the age of 48, specialising in portraits: she began with her family and friends and later photographed celebrities she met through her friendship with the poet Lord Tennyson. She also created Pictorialist-style photographic scenes on literary, historical and mythological subjects, which were closely related to the paintings of her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries. Cameron thus became one of the most important figures of Victorian photography, but recognition did not come until two decades after her death, aided by supporters of photographic Pictorialism such as Alfred Stieglitz, through publications like Camera Work. In the Pictorialist movement, the photographer moved away from realist photography through manipulation of the negatives and prints, in order to create a work that could be considered artistic. Cameron, considered a forerunner of the movement, introduced a number of innovations to her photography, and was heavily criticised for doing so by the academic world of the time. One of her fields of experimentation was that of female portraits and the model in this photograph, Ellen Terry, was a theatre actress specialising in Shakespeare. The picture was taken during the actress’s first honeymoon, at the photographer’s residence on the Isle of Wight. Cameron also called this photograph Sadness, which introduces a biographical element as it is a reference to Ellen Terry’s failed marriage to the painter George Frederick Watts.
Concha Calvo Salanova
The Herschel album : an album of photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron presented to Sir John Herschel : [exhibition, 14 November 1975-29 February 1976].Cameron, Julia Margaret ( 1815-1879)London : National Portrait Gallery, 1975.
The Pre-Raphaelite photography : an exhibition / organised by the British Council ; [introduction and selection of photographs by Michael Bartram].London : British Council, Fine Arts Department, 1983.
Cameron, Julia Margaret ( 1815-1879)Stanford : Stanford University Museum of Art, 1974.
Cameron, Julia Margaret ( 1815-1879)Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.
Whisper of the muse : the Overstone album & other photographs / by Julia Margaret Cameron ; essay by Mike Weaver.Cameron, Julia Margaret ( 1815-1879)Malibu : J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.