John Frederick William Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron

John Frederick William Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron

J.F.W Herschel; John Frederick William Herschel
Albumen print from wet Collodion glass negative
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

This portrait is a depiction of the scientist and photo-chemist John Herschel. He and Cameron became acquainted in 1835 and their friendship matured into a life-long photographic mentorship. Herschel is portrayed in a three-quarter view gazing into the distance. Swathed in a dark cloak and wearing a cap the image created highlights Herschel’s intellect and plays on the idioms of the genius figure.

Julia Margaret Cameron 1815-1879

Julia Margaret Cameron
The Pre-Raphaelites, Pictorialism
Born: 11 June 1815, Calcutta, British India
Nationality: British
Died: 26 January 1879, Kalutara, British Ceylon

Cameron was a photographer is one of the most important portraitists of the 19th century. She is best known for her use of soft-focus close-ups of famous Victorian men and women, illustrative pictures depicting characters from mythology, Christianity, and literature, and sensitive portraits of both adults and children.

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