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Henry Taylor. Author of "Philip Van Artevelde"

Artist:
Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon)
Date:
1864
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.21.23
Not on view
Cameron’s photographs were not universally admired—especially by fellow photographers. Reviewing her submissions to the 1864 exhibition of the Photographic Society of Scotland, which included two portraits of Taylor, the Photographic Journal reported with a condescension that infuriated her:
Mrs. Cameron exhibits her series of out-of-focus portraits of celebrities. We must give this lady credit for daring originality, but at the expense of all other photographic qualities. A true artist would employ all the resources at his disposal, in whatever branch of art he might practise. In these pictures all that is good in photography has been neglected, and the shortcomings of the art are prominently exhibited. We are sorry to have to speak thus severely on the works of a lady, but we feel compelled to do so in the interest of the art.
Cameron dismissed the condemnation of the photographic establishment, writing later that it would have dispirited her “had I not valued that criticism at its worth,” basking instead in the positive judgment of artists and friends.
Inscription: Mount recto, BC: in ink "From Life / Henry Taylor / Author of Philip Van Artevelde"
In graphite BL: "10/6"
in ink: "Registered Photograph / Julia Margaret Cameron"
Verso, center: Met Museum stamp and in graphite" 41.21.23"
[E.P. Goldschmidt & Co.]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Julia Margaret Cameron," August 19, 2013–January 5, 2014.

Cox, Julian, and Colin Ford. Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003. no. 761, p. 346.



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