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Photograph - Julia Jackson
  • Julia Jackson
    Julia Margaret Cameron, born 1815 - died 1879
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Julia Jackson

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  • Place of origin:

    England, Britain (photographed)

  • Date:

    1864 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    albumen print from wet collodion glass negaitve

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 53, shelf 12

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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

Half-length portrait of a woman (Julia Jackson), wearing a cloak tied with a dark ribbon, with her hands joined in her lap.

Place of Origin

England, Britain (photographed)


1864 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

albumen print from wet collodion glass negaitve

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 24.6 cm image, Width: 19.2 cm image, Height: 38 cm image, Width: 28.5 cm image

Object history note

Unknown provenance.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 'Julia Jackson', albumen print, 1864

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. 280, p. 213.


Photographic paper


Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Portraits; Jackson, Julia


Portraits; Photographs

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