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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by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1857-1858
- Charles Hay Cameron (husband)
- Charles ('Charlie') Hay Cameron (son)
- Eugene Hay Cameron (son)
- Ewen Wrottesley Hay Cameron (son)
- Hardinge Hay Cameron (son)
- Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (son)
- Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher (nephew)
- Mary Louisa Fisher (née Jackson) (niece)
- Maria ('Mia') Jackson (sister)
- Valentine Cameron Prinsep (nephew)
- Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson, formerly Mrs Duckworth) (niece)
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