Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
34.4 x 26.4 cm. (13 9/16 x 10 3/8 in.)
Bequest of James David Nelson, in memory of Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr., 1990
Not on view
This image, also titled After Perugino / The Annunciation, is one of more than 130 religiously themed images inspired by Cameron’s deep Christian devotion and her artistic admiration of Italian painting of the early Renaissance. Such photographs adhere to traditional iconography only in the broadest sense. Here, for example, Cameron follows the precedent of paintings of the Annunciation in which the angel Gabriel presents a lily—symbol of purity—to the Virgin Mary. More important, however, Cameron’s sincerity of sentiment imbues her work with an aura of devotion and claims for it a place equal to sacred art of the past. This print is inscribed For the Signor, indicating that it was a gift from Cameron to the painter G. F. Watts.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in ink on mount, recto LL: "From Life", LC: "A Study", LR: "Julia Margaret Cameron", LC [near edge]: "For the Signor"; blind stamped on mount, recto LC: "[in oval] REGISTERED PHOTOGRAPH// SOLD BY// MESSRS COLNAGHI// 14 PALL MALL EAST// LONDON"
James David Nelson
This is a variant of the image entitled "The Annunciation".