Julia Margaret Cameron

A Critical Biography


Colin Ford


The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2003
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Printing Details

First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 30.5 × 23cm, 212pp.

British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) has been described as one of the Finest portraitists of the nineteenth century-in any medium. Raised in a well-connected and creative family, Cameron led an unconventional life for a woman of the Victorian age. After devoting herself to an artistic and literary salon at her home on the Isle of Wight and raising eleven children, Cameron took up photography in her late forties. Over the next fourteen years, she produced more than a thousand strikingly original and often controversial images. Her searching portraits of her friends and acquaintances, including Alfred Tennyson and Charles Darwin, have been called the world's first close-ups. This biography casts new light on the artist's links with the leading cultural figures of her time and on the techniques she used to achieve her distinctive style.


The book is in good condition with clean pages and secure binding. The dustwrapper has a few biro pen marks to the front and spine and is creased and sunned to the edges. A perfectly good reading copy. The author's business card is loosely inserted with an invitation to lunch written on the reverse, presumably in his hand.



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