Oscar Gustav Rejlander (British, born Sweden, 1813–1875)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1946
Not on view
In 1863 Rejlander visited Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. He photographed the family of his friend Alfred, Lord Tennyson as well as the Camerons, and Julia Margaret made prints from copy negatives of Rejlander photographs even before receiving her own camera. Undoubtedly, she knew Rejlander’s “high art” allegorical concoctions as well as his more straightforward but sentimental portraits such as this one.
Inscription: In graphite on mount recto, BC: "Cecily Hamilton / photo Reylander / Wolverhampton" In graphite on mount verso, C: "46.1.45"; and Met Museum ink stamp. In graphite on verso, BL: "O.J.Rejlander"