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Julia Margaret Cameron: 'Poets, prophets, painters and lovely maidens'

11 June 2015 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) who is celebrated as one of the most important and innovative photographers in the history of the medium. This selection from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection highlights some of the most important and influential figures in Cameron’s life and features examples from the range of her work, including her portraits of eminent men, narrative illustrations, women, religious subjects, children and group tableaux. 


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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