Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron, Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen, British, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, 1864, Carbon print, 9 1/2 in.

Julia Margaret Cameron, Prayer and Praise, British, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, 1865, Albumen print, 11 1/16 x 8 15/16 in.

Julia Margaret Cameron, The Rosebud Garden of Girls, British, June 1868, Albumen silver print, 11 9/16 x 10 1/2 in.

Images and text via The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

As evolutionary science and increasing secularism transformed the way Victorians understood the world, Cameron remained a devout Christian. She photographed influential public figures of her day as well as the women of her household, casting them in allegories of literary and religious subjects. Like her artistic contemporaries, the Pre-Raphaelite painters, who modeled their work on medieval religious and mythological art, Cameron intended her photographs to evince a connection between the spiritual and the natural realms.

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