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Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen

Julia Margaret Cameronnegative 1864; print about 1875

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Julia Margaret Cameron probably made this contemplative portrait of Ellen Terry as a new bride during the Shakespearean actress's honeymoon stay at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, where Cameron lived. Terry had married the portrait painter George Frederick Watts, who was thirty years her senior; the marriage, orchestrated by Cameron and her sisters, was a brief and unhappy union. Terry's forlorn expression and nervous gesture may be an actress's performance put on for the camera. Her demeanor, indicated by the title Sadness, which Cameron gave to another print of this image, may also indicate Terry's realization that her marriage was a mistake. Employing a non-fading print process used for commercially distributed pictures, Cameron's printer made multiple carbon prints available for purchase by Terry's and Cameron's fans .

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  • Title: Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen
  • Date Created: negative 1864; print about 1875
  • Location Created: Freshwater, England
  • Physical Dimensions: w24.3 x h24.3 cm
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=65470
  • Medium: Carbon
  • photographer: Julia Margaret Cameron (British, born India, 1815 - 1879)
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Ellen Terry

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