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  1. Title: Sir John Herschel. Artist: Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon) Date: April 1867 . Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative. Dimensions: 35.9 x 27.9 cm (14 1/8 x 11 in.) Classification: Photographs. Credit Line: Gift of William Rubel, 2013. Accession Number: 2013.1116

  2. Sir John Herschel. April 1867. Julia Margaret Cameron British, born India. Loan Not on view. No commercial portrait photographer of the period would have portrayed Herschel as Cameron did here, devoid of classical columns, weighty tomes, scientific attributes, and academic poses—the standard vehicles for conveying the high stature and classical learning that one’s sitter possessed (or pretended to possess).

  3. Sir John Herschel (1792–1871) was Victorian England’s preeminent scientist, astronomer, and mathematician, considered the equal of Sir Isaac Newton. Cameron met him in 1836 in Capetown, South Africa, where she was recuperating from illness and he was charting the stars of the southern hemisphere and recording the native flora.

  4. Title: Sir John Herschel. Artist: Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon) Date: 1867. Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative. Dimensions: Image: 33.8 x 26.2cm (13 5/16 x 10 5/16in.) Mount: 58.3 x 46.2 cm (22 15/16 x 18 3/16 in.) Classification: Photographs

  5. Title: Sir John Herschel. Artist: Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon) Date: 1867. Medium: Carbon Print. Classification: Photographs. Credit Line: David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1943. Accession Number: 43.92

  6. Julia Margaret Cameron. Sir John F. W. Herschel. 1867 | MoMA. By visiting our website or transacting with us, you agree to this. To find out more, including which third-party cookies we place and how to manage cookies, see our privacy policy. Timed tickets.

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