'Gretchen', c 1870.

Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle

 
'Gretchen', c 1870.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). On other versions of this print, Cameron wrote 'Gretchen at the altar of the Virgin'. Gretchen was a character from Goethe's 'Faust'. Cameron's photographic portraits are considered among the finest in the early history of photography. She set up a private studio at her Isle of Wight home at the age of 48, after her daughter gave her a camera, and she became expert at using the collodion wet-plate process. She used friends, servants and neighbours as subjects, including the scientists John Herschel and Charles Darwin, and the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10454520

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