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Photograph - My Grand Child Archie son of Eugene Cameron R.A.
  • My Grand Child Archie son of Eugene Cameron R.A.
    Julia Margaret Cameron, born 1815 - died 1879
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My Grand Child Archie son of Eugene Cameron R.A.

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Isle of Wight, England (photographed)

  • Date:

    1865 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the artist, 1865

  • Museum number:

    45:162

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 53, shelf 10

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Julia Margaret Cameron's career as a photographer began in 1863 when her daughter gave her a camera. Cameron began photographing everyone in sight. Because of the newness of photography as a practice, she was free to make her own rules and not be bound to convention. The kinds of images being made at the time did not interest Cameron. She was interested in capturing another kind of photographic truth. Not one dependent on accuracy of sharp detail, but one that depicted the emotional state of her sitter.

Cameron liked the soft focus portraits and the streak marks on her negatives, choosing to work with these irregularities, making them part of her pictures. Although at the time Cameron was seen as an unconventional and experimental photographer, her images have a solid place in the history of photography.

Most of Cameron's photographs are portraits. She used members of her family as sitters and made photographs than concentrated on their faces. She was interested in conveying their natural beauty, often asking female sitters to let down their hair so as to show them in a way that they were not accustomed to presenting themselves. In addition to making stunning and evocative portraits both of male and female subjects, Cameron also staged tableaux and posed her sitters in situations that simulated allegorical paintings.

Physical description

A young boy asleep on his side. White fabric covers his stomach but otherwise he is naked. Dark draped robes, probably those of a female standing behind the sleeping child can be seen.

Place of Origin

Isle of Wight, England (photographed)

Date

1865 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion glass negative

Marks and inscriptions

'From Life. My Grand Chils Archie son of Eugene Cameron R.A. / aged 2 years & 3 months / Julia Margaret Cameron.

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm image, Width: 36.8 cm image, Height: 18.1 cm mount, Width: 38.6 cm mount

Object history note

Gift of the artist, 27 September 1865

Descriptive line

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 'My Grand Child Archie son of Eugene Cameron R.A.' (sitter Archibald Cameron), albumen print, 1865 [copy of part of 'My Grandchild aged 2 years & 3 months']

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

Julian Cox and Colin Ford, et al. Julia Margaret Cameron: the complete photographs. London : Thames and Hudson, 2003. Cat. no. 161., p. 170.

Production Note

This is a copy of the lower part of V&A image 45:159

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Childhood; Cameron, Archibald

Categories

Children & Childhood; Photographs

Collection code

PDP

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