Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer
A century later, her work was rediscovered and revalued, and her former home on the Isle of Wight is now a museum run by the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust.
In youth she was described as ‘little, ugly’ but ‘very clever’,  and in old age as ‘a terrifying elderly woman, short and squat … with a plump, eager face and piercing eyes’. William Makepeace Thackeray, however, wrote that she was ‘generous, unconventional, loyal and unexpected’.
Dr Jan Marsh
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Referencesback to topBarlow 2004
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Bryant, B., G.F. Watts Portraits: Fame and Beauty in Victorian Society, exh.cat., NPG, London, 2004.
Cox & Ford 2003
Cox, J., and C. Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs, London, 2003.
Gernsheim, H., Julia Margaret Cameron: Her Life and Photographic Work, New York, 1975.
Gould, V.F., G.F. Watts: The Last Great Victorian, London, 2004.
Hill, B., Julia Margaret Cameron: A Victorian Family Portrait, London, 1973.
Howard, J., The Whisper of the Muse: The World of Julia Margaret Cameron. A Loan Exhibition … in Collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society, exh. cat., P. & D. Colnaghi, London, 1990.
Melville, J., Julia Margaret Cameron, Pioneer Photographer, Stroud, Glos., 2003.
Olsen, V., From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography, New York, 2003.
Taylor & Wakeling 2002
Taylor, R., and E. Wakeling, Lewis Carroll Photographer: The Princeton University Library Albums, Princeton, NJ, 2002.
Weaver, M., Julia Margaret Cameron 1815–1879, exh. cat., John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, and tour, 1984.