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Julia Margaret Cameron 
Philip Stanhope Worsley 
1864-1866 
  
Albumen silver print, from glass negative 
30.4 x 25 cm (11 15/16 x 9 13/16 in) 
  
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.27) 
  
 
LL/7442 
  
Curatorial description (Accessed: 4 February 2018)
 
On February 21, 1866, Cameron wrote to Henry Cole, director of the South Kensington Museum, “I have been for 8 weeks nursing poor Philip Worsley on his dying bed. . . . The heart of man cannot conceive a sight more pitiful than the outward evidence of the breaking up of his whole being.” An Oxford-educated poet who translated the Odyssey and part of the Iliad into Spenserian verse, Worsley died of tuberculosis at the age of thirty the following May. Cameron’s portrait, made the year of his death, vividly conveys the intensity of Worsley’s intellectual life and something of its tragedy. To her subject’s hypnotic gravity she added intimations of sacrifice, engulfing the dying poet in dramatic darkness. 
 
 
  
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