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Julia Jackson

A work made of albumen print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print.




Julia Margaret Cameron
English, 1815–1879

About this artwork

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.


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Julia Margaret Cameron


Julia Jackson


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1867


Albumen print


Image: 27.7 × 22 cm (10 15/16 × 8 11/16 in.)

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Harriott A. Fox Endowment

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