. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) is considered one of the most important female photographers and one of the great portraitists in the history of photography. She came late to photography, not starting until 1863 when she was 48 years old. Because of her close connections in Victorian England she was able to photograph many of the luminaries of her time, often in costume. Photograph of Anne Thackeray, albumen, on the original mount. Daughter of novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) was herself a noted novelist and memoirist. She was indirectly related to the photographer, as Julia Margaret Cameron was great-aunt of Virginia Woolf and Anne Thackeray was Virginia's step-aunt. This photograph is from the collection of William Derwett (1834-1900), described as an “engineer” who lived at Chalfont, near the Camerons’ former home at Freshwater. Derweet and his family apparently moved to the Isle of Wight in 1894 and became leaders in the small Quaker community there (Julian Cox and Colin Ford, "Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs," 2003, 500). Fading and wear to edges of the photograph. Size: 34.9 x 27.2 cm. Archivally matted. Very Good.
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London: Cassell and Company, 1890-1892, 1894. Hardcover. Volume one only of a five volume series. This volume contains 36 black and white portraits accompanied by a brief, adulatory biographical piece. Subjects are drawn from many spheres of British society and culture, with an emphasis on royalty, the aristocracy, the stage, and the arts. Among those included are the Duke and Duchess of Fife, Sarah Bernhardt, Archbishop of Canterbury, Price of Wales, Frederick Leighton, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. This is an ex-library volume with the bookplate of the City of York Public Library affixed to the front pastedown. In what was probably an effort to discourage readers from taking photographs, the library applied an unobtrusive but visible embossed stamp to the margins of the photos, not affecting the portrait itself. Despite these factors the photographs are still interesting and attractive. Bound in brown cloth with floral borders to front boards and titles in gilt to front and to spines. Some bumping and rubbing, remains of small white stickers at foot of spine, but otherwise in quite good condition. Save for the small embossed stamps, the photographs are in very good condition. 96 pages plus photographs. PHOTO/081017. Very Good.