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Julia Jackson, 1867
27.6 x 22.0 cm (17 3/4 x 13 7/8 in.)
Harriott A. Fox Endowment, 1968.227
Not on Display
Julia Margaret Cameron began photographing at age 48, when her daughter and son-in-law gave her a camera for her amusement. She soon made a name for herself with large-format, often allegorical compositions and portraits that defied the conventions of Victorian photography. A typical commercial portrait of the time presented a small standing figure, sharply focused and evenly lit. By contrast, Cameron's photograph of her niece Julia Jackson concentrates on the subject's head, showing clearly only limited planes of her face and leaving half of it shrouded in shadow. Known as a great beauty, Jackson was a favorite subject for Cameron, who made dozens of photographs of her. In April 1867, a month before Jackson's wedding to her first husband, Herbert Duckworth, Cameron photographed the young bride-to-be. With her hair down and eyes wide, she is unsentimental, looking forward with purpose to her own personal and social transformation.
AIC, "Distant Relations, May 8-July 18, 1993.
AIC, "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women," September 19, 1998 - January 10, 1999; traveled to New York, The Museum of Modern Art, January 27 - May 4, 1999; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, August 27 - November 30, 1999, (Sylvia Wolf).
AIC, "Hot Streaks," February 21 - May 2, 2004, (David Travis) (Galleries 2-4).
AIC, Gallery 10 Permanent Collection Rotation, August 2011–April 2012.
Wolf, Sylvia. 1998. "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women." Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press. cover, fig. 36, pl. 57.
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