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Mary Ann Hillier

(1847-1936), Maid and model; wife of Thomas Gilbert

Sitter associated with 8 portraits

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'La Madonna Aspettante' (William Frederick Gould; Mary Ann Hillier), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18071

'La Madonna Aspettante' (William Frederick Gould; Mary Ann Hillier)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1865
NPG x18071

'The Kiss of Peace' (Elizabeth ('Topsy') Keown; Mary Ann Hillier), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18043

'The Kiss of Peace' (Elizabeth ('Topsy') Keown; Mary Ann Hillier)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18043

Mary Ann Hillier as Mary Mother, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18041

Mary Ann Hillier as Mary Mother

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18041

'The Day Dream' (Mary Ann Hillier), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18042

'The Day Dream' (Mary Ann Hillier)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18042

Mary Ann Hillier; unknown girl, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18056

Mary Ann Hillier; unknown girl

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869-1870
NPG x18056

'The Angel at the Tomb' (Mary Ann Hillier), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18007

'The Angel at the Tomb' (Mary Ann Hillier)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1870
NPG x18007

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Fiona

03 May 2016, 18:50

Mary Ann Hilliar was born on the Isle of Wight, and as well as being Julia Margaret Camerons favorite model was employed by her as a house maid. She often poised in religious themed photos looking noble and melancholy. As well as modeling for Mrs Cameron she was painted by G F Watts.

She married Thomas Gilbert and had 8 children, descendants of whom still live on the Isle of Wight. Mary Ann lived to the age of 88, although in her later years she suffered badly from rheumatism and was almost blind due to cataracts. She is burried just a few feet away from the Tennyson grave.

she portrayed as a nice but dim character in Lynne Truss's comic novel 'Tennyson's Gift'.

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