JULIA MARGARET CAMERON
A STUDY OF THE CENCI (MAY PRINSEP)
albumen print, on a gilt-ruled mount, with the Colnaghi blindstamp on the mount, 1868 (Cox 410)
8⅞ by 7 in. (22.5 by 17.8 cm.)
Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 – a 10 being a print with deep brown dark tones and cream-toned highlights that retain all of their original detail – this print rates a 7.
As is sometimes the case with Cameron's photographs, the lack of deep dark tones in this print is not the result of fading; rather, the print's tonality itself is somewhat light overall. The lighter area along the bottom is a feature of the negative and not a condition issue of the present print. The highlights have yellowed overall and there is silvering in the darkest areas, primarily along the left edge. The right edge of the print may be slightly faded. There are some scuffs and superficial scratches as well as scattered liquid deposits overall.
The mount is age-darkened, soiled, and has foxmarks. The corners and edges are bumped and there are a few small losses along the edges. The reverse of the mount is discolored overall and soiled in a few places. There are several tape remnants along the edges. 'By Julia Cameron' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil.
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Sir Henry John Stedman and Mary (Ryan) Cotton
By descent to the present owner