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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Julia Margaret Cameron family papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1777-1940
    Collection number: 850858
    Creator: Cameron Family
    Extent: 7 linear feet (18 boxes)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: A collection of family correspondence and papers touching on the life of English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (active 1860s-1870s), though derived from the estate of her son, Hardinge Hay Cameron, around whom much of the materials revolve. They document the personal, legal, and financial aspects of the family through letters, journals, documents, photographs, art work, and other materials.
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    Language: Collection material in English

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Julia Margaret Cameron family papers, circa 1777-1940, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 850858.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1985.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Julia Margaret Cameron was an English photographer whose work dated from 1864 to the 1870s; she was known especially for her portraits. Born and raised in India, she continued to live in Calcutta after her marriage in 1838 to the jurist Charles Hay Cameron; from 1846-1875 they lived in England, and then in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) until their deaths. Their son, Hardinge Hay Cameron, was private secrtary to Sir William Gregory, governor of Ceylon from 1872-77. He married Catherine Macintosh Macleod (known as Kitty) in 1879 or 1880, and later married Adeline Blake, daughter of George Pilkington Blake. Another son, Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, was also a photographer.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists primarily of correspondence and personal papers, with some family photographs, and original watercolors and drawings. The material derives from the estate of Hardinge Hay Cameron, and the bulk of it concerns Hardinge Hay Cameron, his wives, and their families. The papers provide a glimpse of Julia Margaret Cameron's intellectual and artistic milieu, document her relationships with her husband and children, and present a view of late 19th and early 20th century British colonial life in Ceylon.
    Note on initials used in the collection
    Many figures are referred to in the box list by their initials. The following list provides the full names of individuals, their identity, and nicknames used within the correspondence:
    C. H. Cameron
    Charles Hay Cameron, husband of J. M. Cameron
    J. M. Cameron
    Julia Margaret Pattle Cameron
    Julia Hay Cameron
    Julia Hay Cameron Norman, oldest daughter of J. M. & C. H. Cameron, wife of Charles Norman
    J. F. W. Herschel
    John Frederick William Herschel, Sir, friend of J. M. and C. H. Cameron
    M. B. Herschel
    Margaret Brodie Stewart Herschel, Lady, wife of J. F. W. Herschel
    H. H. Cameron
    Hardinge Hay Cameron, son of J. M. and C. H. Cameron, "Har"
    Kitty Macleod
    Catherine Anne Macintosh Macleod Cameron, first wife of H. H. Cameron
    A. A. Cameron
    Adeline A. Blake Cameron, second wife of H. H. Cameron, "Hoodie"
    H. H. H. Cameron
    Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, youngest son of J. M. and C. H. Cameron, " Punch"
    E. W. H. Cameron
    Ewen Wrottesly [?] Hay Cameron, son of J. M. & C. H. Cameron
    A. E. Cameron
    Annie E. Chinery Cameron, wife of E. W. H. Cameron, "Topsy"
    H. A. L. Fisher
    Herbert Albert Laurens, husband of Mary Jackson Fisher
    W. H. Gregory
    William H. Gregory, Sir, governor of Ceylon 1872-77
    Ellen Ottingham
    J. M. Cameron's maid and photographic assistant, "Little E"
    C. A. Macleod
    Catherine Anne Macintosh Macleod, mother of Kitty and Annie C. Macleod
    Annie C. Macleod
    Annie Catherine Macleod Wilson, sister of Kitty Macleod
    Norman Macleod
    Father of Kitty Macleod, well-known Scottish reverend
    William, Polly, Jessie, Affie, Jean and Elsie Macleod
    Siblings of Kitty Macleod
    C. Blake
    Grandmother of Adeline Cameron
    A. A. Blake
    Mother of Adeline Cameron, wife of George Pilkington Blake
    G. P. Blake
    George Pilkington Blake, father of Adeline Cameron
    Geraldine Thomas
    Geraldine Blake Thomas, sister of Adeline Cameron, wife of E. H. L. Thomas
    E. H. L. Thomas
    Husband of Geraldine Thomas, "Ted"
    E. M. King King
    Eliza Margaret King King, "Lizzie"
    M. C. King King
    Mary Cochrane King King, "Molly"
    Frank Hadden
    Brother-in-law of E. H. L. Thomas
    Jack Hadden
    Nephew of E. H. L. Thomas, son of Frank Hadden
    Mary Hadden
    Sister of E. H. L. Thomas, wife of Frank Hadden?
    Helen Thomas
    Sister of E. H. L. Thomas
    J. H. Thomas
    Jocelyn? H. Thomas


    Indexing Terms


    Blake family
    Blake, George Pilkington—Portraits
    Cameron, Adeline A. Blake—Portraits
    Cameron family
    Cameron, Hardinge Hay, 1846-1911—Portraits
    Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle, 1815-1879—Family
    King King family
    McLeod family
    Thomas family
    Thomas, Geraldine—Portraits

    Geographic terms

    Sri Lanka—Social life and customs

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original


    Cameron, Adeline A. Blake
    Cameron, C. H. (Charles Hay), 1795-1880
    Cameron, Hardinge Hay, 1846-1911
    Cameron, Henry Herschel Hay, 1852-1911
    Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle, 1815-1879
    Cameron, Kitty Macleod
    Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871
    Taylor, Henry, Sir, 1800-1886