Charles Norman with His Daughters Adeline and Margaret

Julia Margaret Cameron7/1/1874

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This photograph was made shortly after the death of Julia Margaret Cameron's only daughter, Julia Norman, in childbirth. Her widower, Charles Norman, is seated in the center with their two daughters. In their mother's absence, the daughters emotionally support their father. With their arms entwined around him and hands clasped near his heart, they envelop him in a tender, comforting embrace. Cameron probably directed this gesture, which adds great emotional impact.

Family was the cornerstone of Cameron's art and life. This and other photographs of the Normans represent a bonding among the remaining family. Making the series may have helped Cameron cope with her sense of loss. It was Charles and Julia Norman's gift of a camera that became the catalyst for her photography. Cameron later wrote in her annals: "My first lens was given to me by my cherished departed daughter and her husband, with the words, 'It may amuse you Mother, to try to photograph.' "

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  • Title: Charles Norman with His Daughters Adeline and Margaret
  • Creator: Julia Margaret Cameron
  • Date: 7/1/1874
  • Physical Dimensions: 29.8 x 26.7 cm (11 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 94.XM.31.3
  • Markings: Markings: Colnaghi blindstamp recto mount.
  • Inscription: Inscription: Recto mount in ink, "From Life Registered Photograph copy right Julia Margaret Cameron July, 1874/ This copy especially for my beloved Charlie Norman."
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: British
  • Classification: Photographs