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Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, with a letter fragment from Emily Tennyson and a family studio portrait of the Philpots

 Single Item
MS. 16158 photogr.
Held at the Weston Library

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A leaf and additional strip from a Philpot family album, including:

  1. (leaf 15r & 39 (sic)] postcards of 3 Views of Freshwater, Isle of Wight, c.1910
  2. (leaf 15r) newspaper cutting of map of Farringford Down published in The Times, 26 Feb 1927
  3. (leaf 15r) paper fragment of a letter to Mr. W. B. Philpot from Emily Tennyson, n.d.
  4. (leaf 15v [15a & 40 (sic)]) photograph (albumen print), 230X210 mm, of 'Enoch Arden' group portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864
  5. (leaf 15v [15a & 40 (sic)]) photograph (albumen print), 86X56 mm, of Hamlet Stanley (son), William Benjamin (father) and Annie Wilhemina Philpot (daughter) by unknown, c.1864
  6. (leaf 16r (41)) newspaper cutting of 'Mrs. Cameron's photographs' published in The Times, Letters to the Editor from Alan S. Cole, 15 Feb 1926
  7. (leaf 16v) fragment of newspaper cutting concerning Mrs. Cameron, published in The Times, 9 Sep 1932


  • Creation: 1864-1932


0.15 Linear metres (12 items)

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 16158 photogr.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16158


Julia Margaret Cameron's photograph of the 'Enoch Arden' group of 3 children and a studio photograph of William Benjmain Philpot and his son, Hamlet Stanley and daughter, Annie Wilhelmina; with postcards, newspaper cuttings and a fragment of a letter from Emily Tennyson.

Biographical / Historical

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), a famous Victorian art photographer, noted in particular for her renditions of scenes from Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Her photograph entitled 'Enoch Arden' refers to Tennyson's narrative poem of that name first published in 1864. The sitters are Hamlet Stanley Philpot (1856-1939) [later of Trinity College, Oxford], Annie Wilhelmina Philpot (1854-1930) and an unidentified boy. Annie had the honour of being the very first person to be successfully photographed by Cameron in January 1864. She and her brother are here identified as the sitters for the first time and the date of the photograph has also now been confirmed, a photograph taken very early in Cameron's photographic career. Hamlet and Annie appear with their father, William Benjamin Philpot (1823-1889), of Worcester College, Oxford, rector of Walesby, Linconshire and poet, in a small studio portrait. Mention is made of Tennyson's friends and neighbours, the Bradleys, who were George Granville Bradley (1821-1903), later Master of University College, Oxford and his wife Marian (née Philpot).

Custodial History

Sold with 3 other Julia Margaret Cameron albumen prints of Annie Philpot at Bonham's, London (Knightsbridge), 15 June 2016. Provenance: 'Benjamin Philpot, Annie's father, by family descent to current owner'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 6 August 2019, Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

Related Materials

Another version of Enoch Arden sitting is held within the Henry Taylor album of Julia Margaret Cameron photographs (Bodleian, Arch. K. b.12, fol. 28v). In the same album (fol. 20v) is a portrait of Annie Wilhelmina Philpot, Annie my first Success, Jan. 1864. An additional print cut out of the same Philpot album was acquired in Oct. 2019, a photograph of the Tennyson family by Oscar Gustave Rejlander, [1863], MS. 16667 photogr.

Catalogue for an albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, with a letter fragment from Emily Tennyson and a family studio portrait of the Philpots
Colin Harris
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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom