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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Circe" (Kate Keown), 1865 Albumen print 25.2 x 20.2 cm mounted on 32.5 x 27.6 cm paper Signed, titled, numbered "2", annotated "Fr. Life" in ink, and embossed "Colnaghi" stamp, on mount

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Circe" (Kate Keown), 1865
Albumen print
25.2 x 20.2 cm mounted on 32.5 x 27.6 cm paper
Signed, titled, numbered "2", annotated "Fr. Life" in ink, and embossed "Colnaghi" stamp, on mount

Cameron sought to record through the faces of her family and friends the qualities of innocence, wisdom, piety, or passion ascribed to great biblical, historical, and legendary figures. Cameron used a long exposure and shallow depth of field to give that slight sense of animation which merges the young girl, Kate Keown, with the mythic character Circe, seemingly bringing her into the viewer's presence in this fine print.  In Greek mythology, Circe is a goddess of magic, the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph. Renowned for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs, Circe is exiled to the solitary island of Aeaea by her father Helios for killing her husband. Once there she lures sailors to the island, including the crew of Odysseus, transforming them into swine. 

 

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) Sir J. F. W. Herschel, April 1867 Albumen print from a collodion negative 35.7 x 26.4 cm mounted on 43.1 x 32.3 cm paper Signed, dated, and inscribed by the photographer “April 1867 From life not enlarged taken at Sir John Herschel’s own residence Collingwood by Julia Margaret Cameron” in ink on mount recto

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
Sir J. F. W. Herschel, April 1867
Albumen print from a collodion negative
35.7 x 26.4 cm mounted on 43.1 x 32.3 cm paper
Signed, dated, and inscribed by the photographer “April 1867 From life not enlarged taken at Sir John Herschel’s own residence Collingwood by Julia Margaret Cameron” in ink on mount

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) Sir J. F. W. Herschel, 1867 Albumen print from a collodion negative 33.4 x 26.1 cm mounted on 46.9 x 40.4 cm paper Signed, titled and inscribed "From Life taken at his own residence. Collingwood April 1867" in ink on mount recto

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
Sir J. F. W. Herschel, 1867
Albumen print from a collodion negative
33.4 x 26.1 cm mounted on 46.9 x 40.4 cm paper
Signed, titled and inscribed "From Life taken at his own residence. Collingwood April 1867" in ink on mount

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Sir Henry Taylor", 1865 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative 25.4 x 21.7 cm visible area in 31.6 x 27.7 oval window with gilt bevel, mounted on 30.0 x 27.5 cm card Titled "Sir Henry Taylor" in pencil on mount verso

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Sir Henry Taylor", 1865
Albumen print from a wet collodion negative
25.4 x 21.7 cm visible area in 31.6 x 27.7 oval window with gilt bevel, mounted on 30.0 x 27.5 cm card
Titled "Sir Henry Taylor" in pencil on mount verso

Henry Taylor was a distinguished poet and author and also one of Mrs. Cameron's favorite subjects, either in costume or as himself. According to Adolphus Liddell, “Sir Henry Taylor, the poet, wore a cape and a wide-awake, an uncommon get- up in those pre-æsthetic days ... he was a tall man, although he had rather a stoop, with a very fine head and a long grey beard, and a somewhat languid dreamy expression.” He might just as well have been describing this 􏰀Rembrandtish portrait by Cameron, which captures Taylor perfectly.

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Queen Henrietta informing her children of the coming fate of their Father King Charles the First. Study of Isabel Bateman", May 1874 Albumen print from wet collodion negative 35.3 x 22.7 cm, top corners rounded, mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt Signed, titled, dated and inscribed "From life, Registered Photograph Copyright, Freshwater" in ink with "Colnaghi" blindstamp on mount

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Queen Henrietta informing her children of the coming fate of their Father King Charles the First. Study of Isabel Bateman", May 1874
Albumen print from wet collodion negative
35.3 x 22.7 cm, top corners rounded, mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed "From life, Registered Photograph Copyright, Freshwater" in ink with "Colnaghi" blindstamp on mount

Isabella Bateman was an American-born actress who achieved prominence on the British stage from the early1870s until her retirement in 1898 to become an Anglican nun. Many of her leading parts were performed alongside Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre, including that of Queen Henrietta in W.G. Wills' "Charles I" which premiered in 1874 and which this print memorializes.

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) George Frederic Watts, October 1865 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative 35.5 x 28.5 cm, arched top, mounted on 58.2 x 46.4 cm card, ruled in gilt Signed and inscribed "From life registered photograph copy right" in ink, and captioned "G. F. Watts" in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount. Red crayon cross on mount verso.

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
George Frederic Watts, October 1865
Albumen print from a wet collodion negative
35.5 x 28.5 cm, arched top, mounted on 58.2 x 46.4 cm card, ruled in gilt
Signed and inscribed "From life registered photograph copy right" in ink, and captioned "G. F. Watts" in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount. Red crayon cross on mount verso

George Frederic Watts was during the nineteenth century regarded as one of England’s greatest painters. Watts encouraged and supported Cameron with her photographic endeavours. He sat several times for Cameron, both as himself and in the allegorical work Whisper of the Muse.

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Baby Blossom" Alice Keown, circa 1866 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative 34.1 x 27.8 cm mounted on 52.3 x 45.4 cm card Signed, inscribed "From life not enlarged" in ink, titled in an unknown hand in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on moun

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Baby Blossom" Alice Keown, circa 1866
Albumen print from a wet collodion negative
34.1 x 27.8 cm mounted on 52.3 x 45.4 cm card
Signed, inscribed "From life not enlarged" in ink, titled in an unknown hand in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount

This almost larger-than-life head was well known to Cameron. It belonged to Alice Jessie Keown, who was born in Freshwater on 25 April 1861, the third daughter of Thomas Keown. In 1892, she married Henry Percival Johnson. Cameron also photographed Alice’s older sister Elizabeth and her younger brother Percy. Alice herself was never known as Baby Blossom, so perhaps Cameron took her inspiration from Ida White’s recently published poem. No other print of this image is known.

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Alice", September 1872 Albumen print from a collodion negative 28.4 x 10.7 cm mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt Signed, titled and inscribed "From life / Registered Photograph Copyright" in ink with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Alice", September 1872
Albumen print from a collodion negative
28.4 x 10.7 cm mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt
Signed, titled and inscribed "From life / Registered Photograph Copyright" in ink with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount

Provenance
Christopher Wood, London; Daniel Wolf, 1997; Jan Leonard and Jerry Peil, Leonard Peil Collection

Literature
Julian Cox and Colin Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron, The Complete Photographs (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003) no. 361.
Larry J. Schaaf, Sun Pictures Catalogue Twenty, Julia Margaret Cameron (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., 2011) no. 19, pp. 48-49.

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Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Circe" (Kate Keown), 1865 Albumen print 25.2 x 20.2 cm mounted on 32.5 x 27.6 cm paper Signed, titled, numbered "2", annotated "Fr. Life" in ink, and embossed "Colnaghi" stamp, on mount

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Circe" (Kate Keown), 1865
Albumen print
25.2 x 20.2 cm mounted on 32.5 x 27.6 cm paper
Signed, titled, numbered "2", annotated "Fr. Life" in ink, and embossed "Colnaghi" stamp, on mount

Cameron sought to record through the faces of her family and friends the qualities of innocence, wisdom, piety, or passion ascribed to great biblical, historical, and legendary figures. Cameron used a long exposure and shallow depth of field to give that slight sense of animation which merges the young girl, Kate Keown, with the mythic character Circe, seemingly bringing her into the viewer's presence in this fine print.  In Greek mythology, Circe is a goddess of magic, the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph. Renowned for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs, Circe is exiled to the solitary island of Aeaea by her father Helios for killing her husband. Once there she lures sailors to the island, including the crew of Odysseus, transforming them into swine. 

 

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) Sir J. F. W. Herschel, April 1867 Albumen print from a collodion negative 35.7 x 26.4 cm mounted on 43.1 x 32.3 cm paper Signed, dated, and inscribed by the photographer “April 1867 From life not enlarged taken at Sir John Herschel’s own residence Collingwood by Julia Margaret Cameron” in ink on mount recto

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
Sir J. F. W. Herschel, April 1867
Albumen print from a collodion negative
35.7 x 26.4 cm mounted on 43.1 x 32.3 cm paper
Signed, dated, and inscribed by the photographer “April 1867 From life not enlarged taken at Sir John Herschel’s own residence Collingwood by Julia Margaret Cameron” in ink on mount

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) Sir J. F. W. Herschel, 1867 Albumen print from a collodion negative 33.4 x 26.1 cm mounted on 46.9 x 40.4 cm paper Signed, titled and inscribed "From Life taken at his own residence. Collingwood April 1867" in ink on mount recto

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
Sir J. F. W. Herschel, 1867
Albumen print from a collodion negative
33.4 x 26.1 cm mounted on 46.9 x 40.4 cm paper
Signed, titled and inscribed "From Life taken at his own residence. Collingwood April 1867" in ink on mount

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Sir Henry Taylor", 1865 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative 25.4 x 21.7 cm visible area in 31.6 x 27.7 oval window with gilt bevel, mounted on 30.0 x 27.5 cm card Titled "Sir Henry Taylor" in pencil on mount verso

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Sir Henry Taylor", 1865
Albumen print from a wet collodion negative
25.4 x 21.7 cm visible area in 31.6 x 27.7 oval window with gilt bevel, mounted on 30.0 x 27.5 cm card
Titled "Sir Henry Taylor" in pencil on mount verso

Henry Taylor was a distinguished poet and author and also one of Mrs. Cameron's favorite subjects, either in costume or as himself. According to Adolphus Liddell, “Sir Henry Taylor, the poet, wore a cape and a wide-awake, an uncommon get- up in those pre-æsthetic days ... he was a tall man, although he had rather a stoop, with a very fine head and a long grey beard, and a somewhat languid dreamy expression.” He might just as well have been describing this 􏰀Rembrandtish portrait by Cameron, which captures Taylor perfectly.

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Queen Henrietta informing her children of the coming fate of their Father King Charles the First. Study of Isabel Bateman", May 1874 Albumen print from wet collodion negative 35.3 x 22.7 cm, top corners rounded, mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt Signed, titled, dated and inscribed "From life, Registered Photograph Copyright, Freshwater" in ink with "Colnaghi" blindstamp on mount

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Queen Henrietta informing her children of the coming fate of their Father King Charles the First. Study of Isabel Bateman", May 1874
Albumen print from wet collodion negative
35.3 x 22.7 cm, top corners rounded, mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed "From life, Registered Photograph Copyright, Freshwater" in ink with "Colnaghi" blindstamp on mount

Isabella Bateman was an American-born actress who achieved prominence on the British stage from the early1870s until her retirement in 1898 to become an Anglican nun. Many of her leading parts were performed alongside Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre, including that of Queen Henrietta in W.G. Wills' "Charles I" which premiered in 1874 and which this print memorializes.

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) George Frederic Watts, October 1865 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative 35.5 x 28.5 cm, arched top, mounted on 58.2 x 46.4 cm card, ruled in gilt Signed and inscribed "From life registered photograph copy right" in ink, and captioned "G. F. Watts" in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount. Red crayon cross on mount verso.

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
George Frederic Watts, October 1865
Albumen print from a wet collodion negative
35.5 x 28.5 cm, arched top, mounted on 58.2 x 46.4 cm card, ruled in gilt
Signed and inscribed "From life registered photograph copy right" in ink, and captioned "G. F. Watts" in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount. Red crayon cross on mount verso

George Frederic Watts was during the nineteenth century regarded as one of England’s greatest painters. Watts encouraged and supported Cameron with her photographic endeavours. He sat several times for Cameron, both as himself and in the allegorical work Whisper of the Muse.

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Baby Blossom" Alice Keown, circa 1866 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative 34.1 x 27.8 cm mounted on 52.3 x 45.4 cm card Signed, inscribed "From life not enlarged" in ink, titled in an unknown hand in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on moun

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Baby Blossom" Alice Keown, circa 1866
Albumen print from a wet collodion negative
34.1 x 27.8 cm mounted on 52.3 x 45.4 cm card
Signed, inscribed "From life not enlarged" in ink, titled in an unknown hand in pencil, with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount

This almost larger-than-life head was well known to Cameron. It belonged to Alice Jessie Keown, who was born in Freshwater on 25 April 1861, the third daughter of Thomas Keown. In 1892, she married Henry Percival Johnson. Cameron also photographed Alice’s older sister Elizabeth and her younger brother Percy. Alice herself was never known as Baby Blossom, so perhaps Cameron took her inspiration from Ida White’s recently published poem. No other print of this image is known.

Julia Margaret CAMERON (English, born in India, 1815-1879) "Alice", September 1872 Albumen print from a collodion negative 28.4 x 10.7 cm mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt Signed, titled and inscribed "From life / Registered Photograph Copyright" in ink with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount

Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879)
"Alice", September 1872
Albumen print from a collodion negative
28.4 x 10.7 cm mounted on 58.5 x 46.5 cm card, ruled in gilt
Signed, titled and inscribed "From life / Registered Photograph Copyright" in ink with Colnaghi blindstamp on mount

Provenance
Christopher Wood, London; Daniel Wolf, 1997; Jan Leonard and Jerry Peil, Leonard Peil Collection

Literature
Julian Cox and Colin Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron, The Complete Photographs (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003) no. 361.
Larry J. Schaaf, Sun Pictures Catalogue Twenty, Julia Margaret Cameron (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., 2011) no. 19, pp. 48-49.

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