Saturday, May 21, 2011
Julia Margaret Cameron - La Santa Julia 1867
Albumen Print, mounted on card with Messrs Colnaghi blindstamp and gilt-ruled border, titled and inscribed `From Life Registered Photograph Copy Right Julia Margaret Cameron Freshwater [deleted] Saxonbury April 1867' by the photographer in ink on the mount, original mount overmatted with modern window-mount,
`MY FAVOURITE PICTURE OF ALL MY WORKS. MY NIECE JULIA'
Cameron's endorsement of this photograph as `my favourite picture of all my works' is the caption to the print in the so-called `Herschel Album', given by Cameron to Sir John Herschel in September 1867 and now in the collection of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.
Saint Julia was the slave martyred for her refusal to give up her faith in exchange for her freedom.
Sylvia Wolf, Julia Margaret Cameron's Women, New Haven and London, 1998, the print in the collection of the N.M.P.F.T. illus. pl. 56.
Julian Cox and Colin Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron The Complete Photographs, London, 2003, cat. no. 302.
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