Prospero

Object Details

Title:

Prospero

Artist/Maker(s):

Julia Margaret Cameron (British, born India, 1815 - 1879)

Culture:

British

Place(s):

Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England (Place created)

Date:

May 1865

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

26.7 x 21.3 cm (10 1/2 x 8 3/8 in.)

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Cameron found in the camera a tool to express her beliefs in the idealizing and transformative power of art. Cameron portrayed her family and intimate friends, directing them to stage her own imagery. The British poet Henry Taylor was an important model for her. Here he appears as Prospero from Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Cameron's pictorial exploration of the medium, her rejection of conventional focus, and her theatrical use of light were atypical for the time.

Exhibitions
Whisper of the Muse at Loyola Marymount University (September 12 to October 25, 1986)
  • Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, (Los Angeles), September 12 to October 25, 1986, (Cat.)
Portrait Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (November 25, 1987 to February 14, 1988)
  • National Portrait Gallery (Washington D.C.), November 25, 1987 to February 14, 1988, (Cat.)
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009, (Cat.)