Garden Reach, Calcutta, India 1815 – (Ceylon) Sri Lanka 1879
No title (Arthur) (c.1874) Materials & Technique: photographs, albumen prints, albumen silver photograph
After growing up in India, Julia Margaret Pattle married Charles Hay Cameron, a distinguished liberal reformer, in 1838. They returned to England a decade later, and settled in Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight in 1860. Given a camera by her daughter in 1863, Cameron pursued her new vocation with great enthusiasm, skill and imagination. By the following year she was a member of the Photographic Society of London. Part of the literary elite, she photographed many prominent thinkers and writers of her day including Charles Darwin, John Herschel, and Thomas Carlyle. She also cajoled friends and family members into posing for her allegorical tableaux. Cameron’s subject matter and style was influenced by Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics and she often used literature and myth as inspiration.
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