CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]

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CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET)
Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]

Sold for £ 12,500 (US$ 15,942) inc. premium
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET)
Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, mounted with other Philpot family related material on 3 stiff card sheets (recto and verso, removed from family album), sheets oblong folio (280 x 385mm.), [1864]

Footnotes

  • 'MY FIRST PERFECT SUCCESS IN THE COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPH OWNING GREATLY TO THE DOCILITY & SWEETNESS OF MY BEST & FAIREST LITTLE SITTER'. An important archive of photographs of Annie Philpot, gifted to her family by Cameron. The group includes one of the very first photographs that Cameron took and printed (accompanied by a letter from her celebrating and confirming this to Annie's father), only a month after she had been given a camera by her daughter and son-in-law, as well as a strong impression of the only known print of a charming group "portrait" of Annie, Elizabeth Keown and an unidentified girl seated at a table.

    JULIA MARGARET CAMERON IMAGES:

    'Annie [Philpot]', albumen print, cut to oval shape [Cox & Ford 1, citing this print], image approximately 190 x 160mm., January 1864; mounted beside the original one-page autograph note signed by Cameron that accompanied the photograph "Given to her father [Benjamin Philpot] by me. My first perfect success... this photograph was taken by me at 1 PM Friday Jan. 29th. Printed Toned - fixed and framed all by me & given as it now is by 8PM this same day. Jan. 29th 1864". An image of this album page is reproduced (fig.79, p.112) in Cox & Ford.

    'Annie [Philpot]', albumen print, arch topped [Cox & Ford 3, ours in reverse], image approximately 200 x 150mm., [1864]

    '[Group]. Elizabeth Keown, Annie Philpot, unknown girl', [Cox & Ford 4, THE ONLY KNOWN PRINT], albumen print, image 184 x 130mm., [1864]

    'Philip Ray, Annie Lee & Enoch Arden' [from Tennyson's poem], albumen print [Cox & Ford 905], image 232 x 208mm., [Freshwater, 1864]. Cox & Ford identify the sitter for the figure of Annie Lee as being Jeannie Senior, but in the Philpot family inscription on the mount she is identified as Annie Philpot, and the image taken at "Freshwater 1864".

    REIJLANDER (OSCAR GUSTAVE) 'The Tennyson Family', albumen print, early inscription on image (presumably by Benjamin Philpot) "Given me by themselves at Farringford Monday [?] Feb. 6[?5]... he likes this aureole round Lionel's head...", laid down and cut to oval shape [cf. Cox & Ford, p.22, illustrating another print], image approximately 197 x 150mm., [1863]

    Other items pasted on the sheets include an albumen print carte-de-visite size portrait, by an unidentified photographer, of Annie Philpot, her father William and brother Hallam, annotated on mount providing the sitters' identity and suggested date, image 85 x 56mm., [c.1864]; an incomplete fragment of an autograph letter from Tennyson (on Farringford headed paper) to "Mr. Philpot".

    Provenance: Benjamin Philpot, Annie's father; by family descent to current owner.
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CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
CAMERON (JULIA MARGARET) Four important early albumen prints of Annie Philpot, and autograph note signed by Cameron, [1864]
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