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Julia Margaret Cameron 
The red and white roses 
1865 
  
Albumen print 
25.80 x 22.60 cm (image) 55.80 x 40.60 cm (mount) 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP EPS 100 
  
 
LL/56757 
  
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
The red and the white roses are a simple metaphor of youthful beauty, briefly flowering in early summer and changed by biting frost or age. The photographer has filled the frame to overflowing giving the image a very direct quality, but by showing her subjects out of focus, she's made it very melancholy too. The two girls were Kate and Elizabeth Keown, the daughters of an artillery officer living near Cameron's house at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. 
 

 
  
 
  
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