Professor [Benjamin] Jowett

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Professor [Benjamin] Jowett


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




Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England (Place created)




Albumen silver print


26.5 × 21.6 cm (10 7/16 × 8 1/2 in.)

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When I have such men before my camera, my whole soul has endeavored to do my duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner, as well as the features of the outer, man.
--Julia Margaret Cameron

Holding a book as if he is standing at a lectern, Oxford theologian Benjamin Jowett comes across as reserved, even somewhat severe. His heavy jowls touch his collar, and his white bowtie echoes the tome's shape. Julia Margaret Cameron's image of Jowett, like other photographs she made of prominent men, suggests reverence bordering on hero-worship.

In addition to Jowett's bookish appearance, Cameron captured his eccentric personality: He was, in fact, a man with unorthodox views. For a decade, Jowett taught the Classics at Oxford University until his dismissal on grounds that his religious beliefs were too radical. Jowett rented a cottage on the Isle of Wight to work on translations of Plato and be near his and Cameron's mutual friend, Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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
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
Fame and Photography (March 9 to May 23, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 9 to May 23, 1993
Julia Margaret Cameron: The Creative Process (October 15, 1996 to May 3, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 15, 1996 to January 5, 1997
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), February 4 to May 3, 1998
Julia Margaret Cameron, Photographer (November 21, 2003 to January 11, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 21, 2003 to January 11, 2004

Rosen, Jeff. Julia Margaret Cameron's 'Fancy Subjects' (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), p.84, fig. 16, ill.