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Mrs. Herbert Duckworth (1846-1895), born Julia Prinsep Jackson, later Mrs. Julia Stephen, Mother of Virginia Woolf

Julia Margaret Cameron1867

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

One of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, Julia Margaret Cameron was 48 and a mother of six when she received her first camera as a Christmas gift in 1863. In the few years that followed, this deeply religious, well-read, somewhat eccentric friend of notable Victorian artists, poets, and thinkers created a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Victorian soul.

This portrait of Cameron’s favorite niece and namesake, Julia Jackson, suggestive of an antique cameo carved in high relief, was made the year she married Herbert Duckworth. Three years later, Jackson was a widow and the mother of three children. By her second marriage to Sir Leslie Stephen in 1878, Julia Jackson was the mother of the painter Vanessa Bell and the writer Virginia Woolf.

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  • Title: Mrs. Herbert Duckworth (1846-1895), born Julia Prinsep Jackson, later Mrs. Julia Stephen, Mother of Virginia Woolf
  • Creator: Julia Margaret Cameron
  • Date Created: 1867
  • Physical Dimensions: w44.1 x h55.9 cm (sheet)
  • Type: Photograph
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Albumen print
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund, The Manfred Heiting Collection

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