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Exhibition: 'Julia Margaret Cameron' at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Another exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) from the same source (the Victoria and Albert Museum) as the exhibition I travelled up to Sydney to review last year.

I am always ecstatic when I see her work, no more so than when I view images that I have not seen before, such as that dark, brooding slightly out of focus portrait of William Michael Rossetti (1865) or the profusion of delicate countenances and gazes that is May Day (1866).

The piercing gaze of Julia Jackson (1867, below) always astounds, as though she is speaking to you, directly, from life. The r/evolutionary English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1868, below) is pictured - no, that's the wrong word - is materialised before our eyes at the age of 59 (looking much older), through low depth of field, delicate tonality and the defining of an incredible profile that imbues his portrait with the implicit intelligence of the man. I would have loved to have known what he was thinking.

See the full posting at

Dr Marcus Bunyan

Many thankx to the Victoria and Albert Museum for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.


Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Jackson
Albumen print
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Julia Margaret Cameron
Charles Darwin
1868, printed 1875>
Albumen print
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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