Buyer sought to keep his­toric pho­tos in UK

The Guardian - - IN BRIEF - Mark Brown

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

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