Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
albumen print, arched top, long horizontal closed tear from left margin to right margin crossing through both children's heads, 250 x 200mm, remounted on archival board with window mount
Photographed at Dimbola, the study shows Mary Hillier with the semi-nude children Elizabeth ('Lizzie') and Alice Keown on either side of her. Provenance: This print - torn at some stage and remounted on archival board in the 1970s - comes from the collection of Major-General Charles Wake Norman (1891-1974), and was acquired by the art and photography collector Erich Sommer (died 2004) who gifted it to the present owner, John Hannavy. Major General Charles Wake Norman's grandfather was Charles Norman, Julia Margaret Cameron's son-in-law, married to her daughter Julia Hay Cameron, and the photographs in General Norman's collection were directly passed down through the family. It was Julia and Charles Norman who gave Julia Margaret Cameron her first camera. Cox & Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs (2003), no. 35.