We can’t wait to open the Wardlaw Museum to the public and are working towards doing this in 2021.
‘Julia Margaret Cameron: Vision & Verse’ is one of the first temporary exhibitions to be held in the newly reopened Wardlaw Museum
This free exhibition displays the recently acquired Idylls of the King and Other Poems written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and illustrated by the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Exploring the relationship between word and image this exhibition highlights Cameron’s dedication to her photographic craft and her interpretations of Tennyson’s writings.
Julia Margaret Cameron staged, photographed, developed, and printed each of the thirteen photos displayed in the album. She also hand-wrote seven of the poems to be lithographed into the final volume, editing the text to create her own narratives. The resulting volume was extremely expensive, and far from a commercial success. Few copies of Idylls survive, making Julia Margaret Cameron: Vision & Verse a rare opportunity to view the book.
This Victorian photographic book was purchased with assistance from the Friends of the National Library and conserved by The University of St. Andrews Library, Special Collections.