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Wm. Holman Hunt


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




Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England (Place Created)




Albumen silver print

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25.4 × 17.8 cm (10 × 7 in.)

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Julia Margaret Cameron was described by many of her friends and contemporaries as a lionizer, always searching for important artists and writers to place before her camera. She had intimate access to many of the most influential people in Victorian society and relished the opportunity of photographing them. Cameron also enjoyed the challenge of the confrontation—securing a likeness and demonstrating her ability to draw out the emotional and psychological characteristics of her sitters.

By the spring of 1864 Cameron was sufficiently intrepid to begin transporting her camera equipment from the Isle of Wight to London. It was at Little Holland House that she first met William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and one of the leading painters of the day. Hunt’s works, much admired by the Victorian public, were widely reproduced as engravings and published in art magazines. He was drawn to the exoticism of the Middle East and traveled there widely in the 1850s and 1860s. In June 1854 in Jerusalem he began The Finding of the Savior in the Temple (now at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK), which secured his reputation as the religious painter of his age.

When Cameron photographed Hunt, she presented him as the painter of the Holy Land, in an informal studio setting with a dark curtain serving as a backdrop. He sports an elegant headdress and striped robe with a stylish waistband. This portrait, which is inscribed “Lawn at Hendon,” is one of at least two negatives from a sitting that took place at the home of Cameron’s invalid sister, Maria (“Mia”) Jackson (1818-1892). In a letter to a friend written in June 1864, Hunt commented rather indifferently: “I can’t say I took interest enough in my own face to look at the portrait very closely, but my impression certainly was that it made my face less ugly than I was accustomed to see it in the glass.”

Julian Cox. Julia Margaret Cameron, In Focus: From the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), 34. ©1996 The J. Paul Getty Museum.

- 1865

Julia Margaret Cameron, British, born India, 1815 - 1879, by gift to Samuel Jones Loyd, baron of Overstone, August 5, 1865.
Source: Inscription on inside cover of album: "To Lord Overstone/From his Friend/Julia Margaret Cameron/Fresh Water Bay/5 August 1865/ Every thing in this book is from the Life & all these Photographs are printed as well as taken by J. M. C."

1865 - by 1883

Samuel Jones Loyd, 1st Baron of Overstone, British, 1796 - 1883, by gift or inheritance to his daughter, Harriet Sarah Jones Loyd Lindsay.
Source: There is a Lockinge bookplate on the inside cover of the Overstone Album. The Lockinge Estate was purchased by Lord Overstone and given to his daughter and son-in-law upon their marriage in 1858.

by 1883 - by 1920
by 1920 - 1975

Private Collection [sold, "Early Photographic Images and Related Material," Sotheby's Belgravia, London, June 26, 1975, lot 45 to Mickey Pallas.]

1975 - by 1981

Mickey Pallas, American, 1916 - 1997, sold to an unknown collector.

after 1975 - 1981

Private Collection [sold, "Photographs," Sotheby's New York, October 21, 1981, lot 54, to Daniel Wolf.]

1981 - 1984

Daniel Wolf, Inc., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

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

Cox, Julian. In Focus: Julia Margaret Cameron. Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996), p. 34-35, plate 14, ill.

Cox, Julian, and Colin Ford. Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs. Joanne Lukitsh and Philippa Wright, contributors. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), ill. p. 328, cat. 687.