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Seraphim and Cherubim

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Isle of Wight (photographed)

  • Date:

    1864 (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 Mrs Margaret Southam, 1941

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 311, box J

Julia Margaret Cameron's mentor and friend, the artist G.F. Watts wrote to Cameron, ‘Please do not send me valuable mounted copies … send me any … defective unmounted impressions, I shall be able to judge just as well & shall be just as much charmed with success & shall not feel that I am taking money from you.’ This is one of approximately 67 in the V&A's collection that was recently discovered to have belonged to him. Many are unique, which suggests that Cameron was not fully satisfied with them. Some may seem ‘defective’ but others are enhanced by their flaws. All of them contribute to our understanding of Cameron’s working process and the photographs that did meet her standards.

Physical description

A photograph of three children (Elizabeth Keown, Alice Keown (?) and Freddy Gould) seated and draped in cloth. Elizabeth and Alice (?) are shown with clasped hands

Place of Origin

Isle of Wight (photographed)


1864 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

Marks and inscriptions

"Studies for painting" in ink in top left verso of mount. "Registered Photograph" in ink bottom left verso of mount


Height: 234 mm image, Width: 216 mm image, Height: 338 mm mount, Width: 282 mm mount, Height: 580 mm mount, Width: 380 mm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 'Seraphim and Cherubim' (sitters Elizabeth Keown, Alice Keown(?), Freddy Gould), albumen print, 1864

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. 865, p.381, ill.
Weaver, Mike. Whisper of the Muse: The Overstone album and other photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron. Malibu, California: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986, p. 83.


Photographic paper


Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Sisters; Angels; Christianity; Religion; Children




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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