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Sir John Herschel

Sir John Herschel


Julia Margaret Cameron

English, 1815 - 1879

Herschel was a scientist who became a key innovator in the development of photography. He shared his discoveries with Mrs. Cameron even before she first took up the camera in 1863 and proved herself to be one of the finest portraitists of the Victorian era. As she wrote, 'When I have such men before my camera, my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty towards them, in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner, as well as the features of the outer man.'
8 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. (21.6 x 16.2 cm)
Mary Arrington Small Estate Acquisition Fund
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Portrait Collaborations 19th-Century Works from the Permanent Collection", May 31, 2001 - January 1, 2002

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "A Willful Innocence: Victorian Prints And Photographs, September 12, 1996-June 1, 1997, (09/12/1996 - 06/01/1997)

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