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Julia Margaret Cameron

(1815-1879), Pioneer photographer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 114 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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Anthony Trollope, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P214

Anthony Trollope

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1864
NPG P214

Aubrey Thomas de Vere, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P984

Aubrey Thomas de Vere

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, arched top, 1864
NPG P984

William Michael Rossetti, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P126

William Michael Rossetti

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 19 July 1865
NPG P126

George Frederic Watts, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P125

George Frederic Watts

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, circa 1865-1869
NPG P125

Tennyson and his sons, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P285

Tennyson and his sons

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG P285

Thomas Hughes, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P986

Thomas Hughes

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG P986

Sir Henry Taylor, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P990

Sir Henry Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1 June 1865
NPG P990

Thomas Pateshall Monnington, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P286

Thomas Pateshall Monnington

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1866-1867
NPG P286

Henry Thoby Prinsep, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P989

Henry Thoby Prinsep

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, arched top, 1866
NPG P989

Thomas Carlyle, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P122

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P122

Thomas Carlyle, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P123

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, printed in reverse, 1867
NPG P123

Frederick Locker-Lampson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P102

Frederick Locker-Lampson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, circa 1867
NPG P102

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P53

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, circa 1867
NPG P53

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P201

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P201

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P284

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P284

Edward John Eyre, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P985

Edward John Eyre

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P985

Charles Darwin, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P8

Charles Darwin

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1868-1869
NPG P8

William Gifford Palgrave, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P279

William Gifford Palgrave

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1868
NPG P279

(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P987

(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1868
NPG P987

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P9

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 3 June 1869
NPG P9

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P124

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1869
NPG P124

Henry George Liddell, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P163

Henry George Liddell

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, circa 1870
NPG P163

‘Alethea’ (Alice Liddell), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P988

‘Alethea’ (Alice Liddell)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1872
NPG P988

Hon. Lionel Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18055

Hon. Lionel Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1860s
NPG x18055

Untitled (unknown woman, possibly Rejlander's wife, Mary), by Oscar Gustav Rejlander, possibly printed by  Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x200124

Untitled (unknown woman, possibly Rejlander's wife, Mary)

by Oscar Gustav Rejlander, possibly printed by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, circa 1863
NPG x200124

Henry Halford Vaughan, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18079

Henry Halford Vaughan

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1864-1870
NPG x18079

'The turtle doves' (Alice Jessie Keown; Elizabeth Keown), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18080

'The turtle doves' (Alice Jessie Keown; Elizabeth Keown)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1864
NPG x18080

Sir Henry Taylor, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18078

Sir Henry Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1864
NPG x18078

Herbert William Fisher, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18003

Herbert William Fisher

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1864
NPG x18003

'Paul and Virginia' (William Frederick Gould; Elizabeth Keown), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18038

'Paul and Virginia' (William Frederick Gould; Elizabeth Keown)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1865
NPG x18038

Sir Henry Taylor, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18077

Sir Henry Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1865
NPG x18077

Sir Henry Taylor, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18020

Sir Henry Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1 June 1865
NPG x18020

Sir Henry Taylor, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18022

Sir Henry Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG x18022

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18053

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, May 1865
NPG x18053

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18024

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, arched top, May 1865
NPG x18024

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x44991

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, May 1865
NPG x44991

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29131

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (May 1865)
NPG Ax29131

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18023

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, May 1865
NPG x18023

'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

'Boadicea' (Susan Anne Eliza Muir-Mackenzie), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18026

'Boadicea' (Susan Anne Eliza Muir-Mackenzie)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG x18026

Robert Browning, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18064

Robert Browning

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG x18064

Robert Browning, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29134

Robert Browning

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1865)
NPG Ax29134

'The Mountain Nymph Sweet Liberty' (Annie Keene (née Edwards)), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18061

'The Mountain Nymph Sweet Liberty' (Annie Keene (née Edwards))

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1866
NPG x18061

Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18083

Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
matte collodion printing-out paper print, 1866-1867
NPG x18083

Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18082

Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
chlorobromide copy print on card mount, 1866-1867
NPG x18082

'Christabel' (May Prinsep), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18045

'Christabel' (May Prinsep)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1866
NPG x18045

'La Contadina' (May Prinsep), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18046

'La Contadina' (May Prinsep)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1866
NPG x18046

May Prinsep, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18015

May Prinsep

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1866
NPG x18015

Henry Thoby Prinsep, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18014

Henry Thoby Prinsep

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, arched top, 1866
NPG x18014

Eleanor Maud Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18059

Eleanor Maud Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1866-1870
NPG x18059

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29132

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1866)
NPG Ax29132

Mary Pinnock, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18060

Mary Pinnock

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1866
NPG x18060

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, 1867
NPG x18041

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18040

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, April 1867
NPG x18040

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