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JULIA MARGARET CAMERON (1815-1879)
JULIA MARGARET CAMERON (1815-1879)

Cassiopeia, June 1866

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JULIA MARGARET CAMERON (1815-1879)
Cassiopeia, June 1866
albumen print, mounted on card, with gilt border
signed, titled and inscribed 'From Life' in ink, Colnaghi blind stamp (on the mount, recto)
13½ x 10¾in. (34.3 x 27.3cm.)
Literature
Powell, Victorian Photographs of Famous Men and Fair Women by Julia Margaret Cameron, The Hogarth Press, London, 1973, pl. 27;
Cox and Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs, Thames and Hudson, London, 2003, p. 228, no. 339.

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Lot Essay

This model is Mrs Keene, favoured by Mrs Cameron for depictions of characters inspired from literature. Cameron focuses on Cassiopeia's status as the vain queen in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivalled beauty. The image is tight cropped to the subject's head, creating a powerful presence.

Compare: Malcolm Daniel, 'Inventing a New Art early Photographs from the Rubel Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art', The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New York, Spring 1999, p. 39, where the author notes 'Mrs Cameron's extraordinary ability to imbue her phtographs with a powerful spiritual content...a mirror of the Victorian soul'.

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