Lancelot and Guinevere
Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions: 13 3/4 × 11 1/4 in. (34.9 × 28.6 cm)
frame: 26 1/2 × 22 1/2 in. (67.3 × 57.2 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1979
About: At age 49, Julia Margaret Cameron, a wife and mother, took up photography under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites. She was encouraged by her friend, the poet Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), to create photographic illustrations for a publication of his poems. This photograph illustrates the moment in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King when Lancelot presents a diamond necklace he has won in a tournament to Queen Guinevere.
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