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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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Thomas Carlyle, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18037

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1867
NPG x18037

Thomas Carlyle, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18069

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1867
NPG x18069

Thomas Carlyle, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29133

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1867)
NPG Ax29133

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x44992

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Julia Margaret Cameron
carbon print, 1867
NPG x44992

Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson, formerly Mrs Duckworth), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18018

Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson, formerly Mrs Duckworth)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, oval, 1867
NPG x18018

Elizabeth ('Topsy') Keown, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18044

Elizabeth ('Topsy') Keown

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, late 1860s
NPG x18044

Ewen Wrottesley Hay Cameron, attributed to Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18057

Ewen Wrottesley Hay Cameron

attributed to Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868-1870
NPG x18057

Hatty Campbell, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18035

Hatty Campbell

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868
NPG x18035

'The Guardian Angel' (Hatty Campbell), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18067

'The Guardian Angel' (Hatty Campbell)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868
NPG x18067

Hatty Campbell, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18068

Hatty Campbell

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868
NPG x18068

(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18072

(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1868
NPG x18072

Marie Stillman (née Spartali), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18048

Marie Stillman (née Spartali)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868
NPG x18048

Unknown woman, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18049

Unknown woman

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868-1872
NPG x18049

Charles Darwin, by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29139

Charles Darwin

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1868)
NPG Ax29139

Christina Spartali (later Countess Edouard Cahn d'Anvers), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18050

Christina Spartali (later Countess Edouard Cahn d'Anvers)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen cabinet card, March 1868
NPG x18050

Hatty Campbell, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18036

Hatty Campbell

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868
NPG x18036

'The Guardian Angel' (Hatty Campbell), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18034

'The Guardian Angel' (Hatty Campbell)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1868
NPG x18034

Prince (Dejatch) Alamayou of Abyssinia (Prince Alemayehu Tewodros of Ethiopia), by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18063

Prince (Dejatch) Alamayou of Abyssinia (Prince Alemayehu Tewodros of Ethiopia)

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1868
NPG x18063

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