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Photograph - Gareth and Lynette
  • Gareth and Lynette
    Cameron, Julia Margaret, born 1815 - died 1879
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Gareth and Lynette

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    England (photographed)

  • Date:

    1874 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cameron, Julia Margaret, born 1815 - died 1879 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Agnes May Ffytche, 1927

  • Museum number:

    81-1970

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X312, shelf I

In 1874 Alfred Tennyson, the Poet Laureate, invited Cameron to make photographic illustrations to Idylls of the King, his series of narrative poems based on the legends of King Arthur. After her large photographs were published as small, wood-cut copies, Cameron decided to produce an edition illustrated by original photographic prints accompanied by hand-written extracts from the poems printed in facsimile. She claimed to have made as many as 245 exposures to arrive at the 25 she finally published in two volumes in 1874 and 1875.

Physical description

A photograph of a bearded man (Andrew Hichens) posing as Gareth reclining with head cast down and eyes closed. A woman (May Prinsep Hichens), posing as Lynette, is standing and leaning above him with unbound hair and her left hand resting upon his chest

Place of Origin

England (photographed)

Date

1874 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Cameron, Julia Margaret, born 1815 - died 1879 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

Dimensions

height: 33.5 cm image, width: 27 cm image

Object history note

Originally part of a bound folio volume containing 11 photographs by Cameron and 11 pages of verse text by Tennyson and 3 other text pages (two photographs are missing, the frontispiece image of Tennyson and the last image, 'The Passing of Arthur'). Volume 1 of two albums of illustrations to Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King and other Poems' published by Henry S. King & Co., 1874-75). Each photograph is mounted on bluish mounts with gilt borders.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 'Gareth & Lynette' (sitters Andrew Hichens, May Prinsep Hichens), albumen print, 1874

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ford, Colin and Cox, Julian. Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs. London: Thames and Hudson, 2003. Cat. no. 1157, p.472, ill.
Ford, Colin. The Cameron Collection: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron Presented to Sir John Herschel. Wokingham, England: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975, p. 21.
Bartram, Michael. The Pre-Raphaelite Camera: Aspects of Victorian Photography. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985, p. 177.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Man; Romantic love; Knight; Woman

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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