Julia Margaret Cameron and her son Henry Herschel Hay

I just wanted to share a photograph of the nineteenth-century pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (nee Pattle) with her son, Henry Herschel Hay.

Full-length portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron and her son Henry Herschel Hay Cameron. Julia wears a long dark dress with matching jacket which have decorative ribbon trimmings and a dark fabric veil over her hair. Her son wears a medium-toned suit. They stand close together. Henry’s right arms is around Julia’s waist and her left and is at his right shoulder. There is a dark curtain on the left side of the background. 

 Mrs. Cameron & Her son Henry Herschel Hay by James Brading, photographer; Gernsheim, Helmut, 1913-1995, former owner. circa 1867,  albumen print on card mount, @ Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin 

 A close-up view

Now, I could be mistaken but to me the dress and jacket she is wearing looks very similar to the purple velour outfit featured at her home on the Isle of Wight, Dimbola Lodge. See for yourself in the photo below.

Julia Margaret Cameron's bedroom at Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight. Photograph courtesy of Tennyson Celebrity Circle.


Pamela Britley said…
I just love the Cameron photographs. Thanks for sharing this one. I never see any photos of her online, so this is great!
Kimberly Eve said…
Hi Pamela,

I love them, too and am happy to have a place to share them with everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hels said…
You know something interesting. Until you mentioned the coloured velour outfit in the bottom photo, I thought the studio photo might have been in a mourning period - grim faces, comforting gestures, sombre outfits, black ribbons and hair veiled. Or were those simply ordinary Victorian qualities, having nothing to do with mourning.
Kimberly Eve said…
Hi Hels,

Since the photograph was dated 1867, I checked that against any deaths around her loved ones. She died before her husband Charles and none of her six children passed in 1867. Her parents died during the 1840s but it still might be a mourning photograph who knows! I know what you mean. Their poses are so interesting. I'm just thrilled to have another photograph of her and with one of her sons as well. I would love to find a photograph of herself with her husband. Now, that would be the ultimate for me :)
Kevin Marsh said…
These are fantastic Victorian photographs. Very interesting post, thank you for sharing.
Kimberly Eve said…
Always love sharing these incredible photographs, Kevin :)