Buyer sought to keep historic photos in UK
An album of photographs by the Victorian pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron will leave the UK unless a buyer with £3.7m can be found.
A temporary export bar has been placed on the Norman Album, which includes portraits of Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. The hope is that a UK institution or individual can match the asking price and prevent its sale to an overseas buyer.
“This wonderful album is of outstanding aesthetic importance and significance to the study of the history of photography,” said the arts minister Michael Ellis yesterday.
The album contains some of Cameron’s best-known work. Her stated aim was to record “the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man”.
It is not known how many albums Cameron made, but 10 are known to have survived, each of them different, each designed to be meaningful to the recipient.
The Guardian The Norman Album includes a depiction of biblical figures Ahasuerus and Esther, and portraits of Alfred Tennyson, below left, and Charles Darwin