Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 33.2 x 28.8 cm (13 1/16 x 11 5/16 in.) Mount: 44 x 33.3cm (17 5/16 x 13 1/8in.)
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1952
Not on view
In 1874 Tennyson asked Cameron to make photographic illustrations for a new edition of his Idylls of the King, a recasting of the Arthurian legends. Responding that both knew that “it is immortality to me to be bound up with you,” Cameron willingly accepted the assignment. Costuming family and friends, she made some 245 exposures to arrive at the handful she wanted for the book. Ultimately—and predictably—she was unhappy with the way her photographs looked reduced in scale and translated into wood engravings, and she chose to issue a deluxe edition, at her own risk, that included a dozen full size photographic prints in each of two volumes.
Inscription: Inscribed and titled in black ink on mount, recto BL to BR beneath image: "From Life Registered Photograph copyright Julia Margaret Cameron Freshwater Isle of Wight 74/", "The parting of Lancelot and Guinevere [below inscription]"
[...]; Ifan Kyrle Fletcher; Albert E. Marshall, Providence, Rhode Island (from 5/24/1944); (Swann Galleries, New York, February 14, 1952, lot 67); [Richard S. Wormser]
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. "The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print," October 10, 1995–December 16, 1995.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women," September 19, 1998–January 3, 1999.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women," January 28, 1999–May 4, 1999.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Julia Margaret Cameron's Women," August 27, 1999–November 30, 1999.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875," October 31, 2010–January 30, 2011.
Musée d'Orsay. "The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875," March 6, 2011–May 29, 2011.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Julia Margaret Cameron," August 19, 2013–January 5, 2014.
Haworth-Booth, Mark, ed. The Golden Age of British Photography 1839–1900. Millerton, N.Y.: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984. pp. 17–18.
Weaver, Mike. Julia Margaret Cameron, 1815–1879. 1st ed. Boston: John Hansard Gallery, 1984. no. 2.16, p. 78.