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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F , Case X, Shelf 311, Box P

Kate Dore

Photograph
ca. 1864 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

O.G. Rejlander visited the Isle of Wight in the early 1860s, photographing members of the Tennyson and Cameron households. It is believed that Julia Margaret Cameron either worked in collaboration with Rejlander and/or printed this work. To do so, Cameron placed ferns between the paper and one of Rejlander’s negatives. The ferns printed as white, forming a frame around the portrait. It shows Cameron’s experimental nature and provides a glimpse of her photographic practice before she acquired a camera.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print; the ferns added by the photogram technique
Brief Description
Photograph by Oscar Gustave Rejlander in collaboration with Julia Margaret Cameron, 'Kate Dore with Photogram Frame of Ferns', albumen print, ca. 1862
Physical Description
A photograph of a young woman (Kate Dore) taken in 3/4 profile, her hair is loose. The edges of the photograph have images of ferns produced using the photogram technique.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.6cm
  • Width: 15cm
Style
Gallery Label
Julia Margaret Cameron: A Bicentenary Exhibition Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813–75), printed by Julia Margaret Cameron Kate Dore About 1862 O.G. Rejlander visited the Isle of Wight in the early 1860s, photographing members of the Tennyson and Cameron households. To make this print, Cameron placed ferns between the paper and one of Rejlander’s negatives. The ferns printed as white, forming a frame around the portrait. It shows Cameron’s experimental nature and provides a glimpse of her photographic practice before she acquired a camera. Given by Mrs Margaret Southam, 1941 Museum no. PH.258-1982 (18 November 2014 – 25 September 2016)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Margaret Southam, 1941
Object history
This print is a photogram, a technique of making a picture without a camera or lens. Photograms are made by placing objects on top of a piece of photographic paper and then exposing the composition to light. In this example, ferns were placed in contact with the glass negative prior to printing-out in sunlight.



This appears to be unique in Cameron's oeuvre, as she did not use photogram techniques elsewhere in her work. However, it is typical of her iconoclastic and experimental methods. She embellished a portrait, known to be by Oscar Rejlander, by placing ferns between the negative and the printing paper. The ferns, printing as white, perhaps symbolise the delicate sensibility of the young woman, and perhaps her 'naturalness'.
Subjects depicted
Summary
O.G. Rejlander visited the Isle of Wight in the early 1860s, photographing members of the Tennyson and Cameron households. It is believed that Julia Margaret Cameron either worked in collaboration with Rejlander and/or printed this work. To do so, Cameron placed ferns between the paper and one of Rejlander’s negatives. The ferns printed as white, forming a frame around the portrait. It shows Cameron’s experimental nature and provides a glimpse of her photographic practice before she acquired a camera.

Bibliographic References
  • Cox, Julian and Colin Ford, with contributions by Joanne Lukitsh and Philippa Wright. Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs. London: Thames & Hudson, in association with The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, 2003. ISBN: 0-500-54265-1fig. 78, p. 104
  • Taken from Photography Department index card catalogue
Collection
Accession Number
PH.258-1982

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record createdJanuary 6, 2004
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