[Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen]

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Object Details

Title:

[Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen]

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

British

Place(s):

Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England (Place created)

Date:

negative 1864; print about 1875

Medium:

Carbon print

Dimensions:

24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.)

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Julia Margaret Cameron probably made this contemplative portrait of Ellen Terry as a new bride during the Shakespearean actress's honeymoon stay at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, where Cameron lived. Terry had married the portrait painter George Frederick Watts, who was thirty years her senior; the marriage, orchestrated by Cameron and her sisters, was a brief and unhappy union.

Terry's forlorn expression and nervous gesture may be an actress's performance put on for the camera. Her demeanor, indicated by the title Sadness, which Cameron gave to another print of this image, may also indicate Terry's realization that her marriage was a mistake. Employing a non-fading print process used for commercially distributed pictures, Cameron's printer made multiple carbon prints available for purchase by Terry's and Cameron's fans.

Exhibitions
Whisper of the Muse: The Work of Julia Margaret Cameron (September 10 to November 16, 1986)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), September 10 to November 16, 1986
Domestic Idylls: Photographs by Lady Hawarden from The Victoria and Albert Museum (December 4, 1990 to February 17, 1991)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 4, 1990 to February 17, 1991
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
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
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity (April 3 to September 2, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 3 to September 2, 2012
Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 293, ill.