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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects'
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Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects': Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire

Jeff Rosen

Abstract

The Victorians admired Julia Margaret Cameron for her evocative photographic portraits of eminent men like Tennyson, Carlyle, and Darwin. But Cameron also made numerous photographs called ‘fancy subjects’ that depicted scenes from literature, personifications from classical mythology, and biblical parables from the Old and New Testament. Julia Margaret Cameron’s ‘fancy subjects’ is the first comprehensive study of these works, examining Cameron’s use of historical allegories and popular iconography to embed moral, intellectual, and political narratives in her photographs. A work of cultural hi ... More

Keywords: Victorian, Photography, Allegory, National identity, Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781784993177
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993177.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Rosen, author
Jeff Rosen