Alice Liddell as St. Agnes, September 1872



Alice Liddell as St. Agnes by Julia Margaret Cameron,  September 1872

Albumen print, on a gilt-ruled Colnaghi mount, signed, dated ‘Sept. 1872’ and annotated ‘From Life Registered Photograph Copy Right’ in ink and with the Colnaghi blindstamp on the mount, 1872; accompanied by an 1872 autograph letter from Sir Henry Taylor to a ‘Mrs Edward,’ remarking upon Cameron’s photographs of Alice Liddell (Cox & Ford 352) (2)
The photograph 13½ by 9 1/8  in. (34.3 by 23.2 cm.)
Sir Henry Taylor’s letter dated ‘The Roost, Bournemonth, 27 Sept 1872,’ reads in part:
. . . Mrs Cameron came to us yest[erda]y for a couple of days & brought with her divers photographs of the Miss Liddells, daughters of the Dean of Christ-church, who have been occupying Alfred Tennyson‘s home at Freshwater Bay for some weeks.  I have hardly seen any photographs of her’s [sic] which are more beautiful in themselves or seem to represent more beauty in the person photographed than 3 or 4 of her photographs of Miss Alice Liddell.  I wonder whether you know her – & have seen the beauty in her which I see in her photograph . . .
In Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs, Julian Cox and Colin Ford locate only one albumen print from this negative, listed as ‘whereabouts unknown.’  A variant image from this sitting is Cox cat. no. 351.

source: Sotheby’s

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