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Julia Jackson

Julia Margaret Cameron, English, 1815 - 1879

Photograph taken in England, Europe


Albumen silver print

Image and sheet: 13 9/16 × 10 5/16 inches (34.4 × 26.2 cm) Mount: 18 1/8 × 12 3/8 inches (46 × 31.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1980

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    One of the great portraitists of the Victorian era, Julia Margaret Cameron photographed her niece Julia Jackson (Mrs. Herbert) Duckworth in 1867. Nearly sixty years later, Duckworth's daughter from a later marriage, the novelist Virginia Woolf, published a collection of her great-aunt's photographs in Victorian Photographs of Famous Men and Fair Women, for which she wrote a fascinating biographical sketch about Cameron's exuberant and inexhaustible energy in the pursuit of art and the society of creative people. Taking up the camera for the first time at age forty-eight, Cameron set out to revolutionize the photography of her day by wresting it into the realm of high art. She thought photography perfectly suitable for traditional religious and allegorical subjects as well as for illustrations for romance literature. Her deliberately out-of-focus style brought waves of critical reaction, but it was for her the means toward the highest expression of purity of form, ideal beauty, and truth of feeling. Martha Chahroudi, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 228.