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Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 113 portraits
Born in Calcutta, educated in England and Paris, she married Charles Hay Cameron, a lawyer, in Calcutta in 1838, and moved to England on his retirement. Cameron was given her first camera 1863 and had her first exhibition at Colnaghi's in 1865. Despite her success, in 1875 she left Britain for Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where they had coffee plantations, remaining there until her death three years later. Cameron is best known for her portraits of great Victorians such as Darwin, Herschel, Watts and Tennyson and illustrations to the latter's Idylls of the King. Her unfinished autobiography Annals of my Glasshouse was written in 1874 and published in 1889.

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Julia Margaret Cameron

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1850-1852
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5046


Julia Margaret Cameron

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
albumen print, circa 1873
NPG P696


Julia Margaret Cameron

possibly by Charles Somers Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers
albumen print, 1858-1859
NPG x18000


Julia Margaret Cameron

by Robert Faulkner
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x128762


Julia Margaret Cameron

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), printed by William Louis Henry Skeen
albumen cabinet card, circa 1873
NPG x128761


Julia Margaret Cameron

published by T. Fisher Unwin, after George Frederic Watts
photogravure, published 1893 (1850-1852)
NPG Ax199213