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Julia Margaret Cameron
Book cover for "Alfred, Lord Tennyson and his friends" (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1893)
Private collection of Shane Balkowitsch
Description from Donald A. Heald - Rare Books, Prints & Maps, New York (#23859)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson and his friends A series of 25 portraits and frontispiece in photogravure from the negatives of Mrs. Julia Margaret Cameron and H.H.H. Cameron Reminisences by Anne Thackeray Ritchie with an introduction by H.H. Hay Cameron, (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1893)
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1893. Folio (13 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches). Title printed in red and black, half title. Photogravure decorative frontispiece, 25 photogravure portraits after Julia Margaret or H.H.H. Cameron. Contemporary green morocco gilt bound for G.P. Putnam's Sons, expertly rebacked to style, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
"Had we such portraits of Shakespeare and of Milton, we would know more of their own selves" (F.D. Maurice). Limited edition of 400 copies, 150 copies for sale in the United States of America
An important selection of portraits, many with the close-cropping and soft focus which are a hallmark of Julia Margaret Cameron's work. Despite coming to photography relatively late in life, the influence of Mrs. Cameron's style and innovative techniques were wide-spread and still evident today. The present work includes 25 portraits taken either by Mrs. Cameron or her son, 19 are taken from life (the remainder are images of oil portraits with one portrait bust). The subjects of the life portraits include: Tennyson (3 portraits), Thomas Carlyle, Robert Browning, Sir John Herschel, George Frederick Watts, Charles Darwin, W.H. Longfellow, J. Russell Lowell and Henry Irving.