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  1. Introduction
  2. Cameron's portraits of women and Hawarden's photographs of her daughters
  3. Hawarden's photographic studies
  4. Conclusion
  5. Works cited

Two Victorian women in the isolation of their own homes created portraits and tableaux. From 1857- 1864, Clementina Viscountess Hawarden made so-called ?Studies from Life,? which have far more significance than their general title would imply. A more widely recognized contemporary artist, who began her photographic endeavors a short year after Hawarden's ceased, Julia Margaret Cameron produced images which have themes sympathetic to those within ?Studies from Life.? Photography began as a source of entertainment for these ladies.

[...] An Outlet For The Internal: Photographs Reflecting The Desires of Clementina Hawarden and Julia Margaret Cameron Two Victorian women in the isolation of their own homes created portraits and tableaux. From 1857- 1864, Clementina Viscountess Hawarden made so- called ?Studies from which have far more significance than their general title would imply. A more widely recognized contemporary artist, who began her photographic endeavors a short year after Hawarden's ceased, Julia Margaret Cameron produced images which have themes sympathetic to those within ?Studies from Life.? Photography began as a source of entertainment for these ladies. [...]


[...] From April 1867, there is the image she titles Favorite Picture of All of My Work, My Niece Julia;? from 1872, also a portrait of Julia Jackson she titles Beautiful Vision.? The sense of ownership in the titling through the repetition of as also found in Ewen's Bride (God's Gift to 1869, aids to reveal how much of herself, of her obsession with immortal beauty she has put into these images. In Hawarden's photographic studies it is less clear what part of herself the artist has put into her images, what inner urge is being projected; there are no hints given by titles as the images are uncaptioned. [...]

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