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Cassiopeia

Artist:
Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon)
Date:
1866
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
34.9 x 27.4 cm (13 3/4 x 10 13/16 in. )
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
The Rubel Collection, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Harry Kahn, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gifts, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.382.37
Not on view
The model for "Cassiopeia" and "The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty" was identified by Cameron only as “Mrs. Keene.” Although almost nothing is known about her, this photographic session appears to be one of just two instances in which Cameron used a professional model rather than friends, family, neighbors, and household staff.
Inscription: Partially effaced signature in ink and titled "Cassiope" [sic] in pencil on mount
(Sotheby's, Belgravia, June 29, 1979, lot 202); [Sean Thackrey]; Rubel Collection; [Hans P. Kraus, Jr.]

Crocker Art Museum. "Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection," January 9, 1982–February 21, 1982.

Achenbach Graphic Arts Council. "Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection," January 1, 1984–February 1, 1984.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The History of Photography from California Collections," January 1, 1989–February 1, 1989.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Inventing a New Art: Early Photographs from the Rubel Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 1, 1999–September 19, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Julia Margaret Cameron," August 19, 2013–January 5, 2014.

Thackrey, Sean. Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection. Sacramento: Crocker Art Museum, 1982. pl. 26.

Daniel, Malcolm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Inventing a New Art: Early Photographs from the Rubel Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 56, no. 4 (Spring 1999). p. 39.



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