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Julia Margaret Cameron
Mary Hillier and Alice Keown, a Madonna Study
Albumen print, arch-top
25,3 x 18,2 cm
Bassenge Photography Auctions
Courtesy of Bassenge, Berlin (Photography, Sale: 90, Lot: 4031, Dec 5, 2007)
The stylized portraits of Julia Maragret Cameron were prepared with great care and have elements of both the more modern photographic realism of an unretouched close-up portrait, which contrasts strongly with the flowery Victorian era, and a more conventional religious and allegorical composition which points back to the Old Master painters. Today Cameron is rightly regarded as one of the finest portraitists in the history of photography.
Julian Cox/Colin Ford. Julia Margaret Cameron. The Complete Photographs. London 2003.