Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879)
Henry Taylor, 1865
albumen print, mounted on card
signed, titled and annotated 'From Life' in ink, embossed 'MESSRS COLNAGHI' credit with printer's notations in pencil (mount, recto); credited and titled in ink on affixed gallery label (mount, verso)
image/sheet: 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (25.1 x 20.1 cm.)
mount: 19 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (50.2 x 37.5 cm.)
The Witkin Gallery, New York;
acquired from the above by John M. Bransten, San Francisco, 1973;
by descent to the present owner.
Julian Cox et al., Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs, Getty Publications, Los Angeles, 2003, cat. no. 781, p. 350.

Lot Essay

While living in Turnbridge Wells, the Camerons were neighbors with Sir Henry Taylor, respected civil servant at the Colonial Office and author of the verse drama Philip van Artevelde (1834) and the satirical essay The Statesman (1836). The Camerons and the Taylors became so friendly that eventually the Camerons moved to Upper East Sheen Lodge in East Sheen to be near the Taylor's year-round home in Mortlake.

Other prints of this image reside in the collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The George Eastman House, Rochester; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Royal Photographic Society, Bath; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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