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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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Marie Stillman (née Spartali), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18051

Marie Stillman (née Spartali)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen cabinet card, 1868
NPG x18051

Annie Cameron (née Chinery), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18065

Annie Cameron (née Chinery)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18065

Annie Cameron (née Chinery), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18066

Annie Cameron (née Chinery)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18066

'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

'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 and an unknown girl, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18056

Mary Ann Hillier and an unknown girl

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

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18054

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1869
NPG x18054

James Thomas Fields, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG Ax29920

James Thomas Fields

by Julia Margaret Cameron
photogravure, May 1869
NPG Ax29920

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by J.J. Waddington Ltd, after  Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x26789

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by J.J. Waddington Ltd, after Julia Margaret Cameron
photogravure, (1869)
NPG x26789

May Prinsep, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18062

May Prinsep

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1870
NPG x18062

'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

John Jackson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18009

John Jackson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, circa 1870
NPG x18009

'Portrait of a Sybil' (May Prinsep), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18012

'Portrait of a Sybil' (May Prinsep)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1870
NPG x18012

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18073

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, May 1870
NPG x18073

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie, published by Julia Margaret Cameron, after  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29143

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie

published by Julia Margaret Cameron, after T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (May 1870)
NPG Ax29143

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18047

Anne Isabella (née Thackeray), Lady Ritchie

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen cabinet card, May 1870
NPG x18047

Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson, formerly Mrs Duckworth), by Julia Margaret Cameron, distributed by  Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio) - NPG x18052

Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson, formerly Mrs Duckworth)

by Julia Margaret Cameron, distributed by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
carbon print on cabinet card, 1872
NPG x18052

Herbert William Fisher; Arthur Alexander Fisher, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18004

Herbert William Fisher; Arthur Alexander Fisher

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1872
NPG x18004

Arthur Alexander Fisher, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18005

Arthur Alexander Fisher

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1872
NPG x18005

Daisy Taylor, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18027

Daisy Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1872
NPG x18027

'Elaine' (May Prinsep), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18031

'Elaine' (May Prinsep)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1874
NPG x18031

'Elaine the Lily maid of Astolat' (May Prinsep), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18030

'Elaine the Lily maid of Astolat' (May Prinsep)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1874
NPG x18030

Hardinge Hay Cameron, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x45042

Hardinge Hay Cameron

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1877
NPG x45042

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29140

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1868)
NPG Ax29140

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29135

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1867)
NPG Ax29135

Aubrey Thomas de Vere, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x137071

Aubrey Thomas de Vere

by Julia Margaret Cameron
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 29 January 1902
NPG x137071

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Sir Henry Taylor

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1865
NPG Ax68768

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