Tuesday, January 19, 2021

30 Amazing Early Portrait Photos From the Victorian Era

 

British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) has been described as one of the Finest portraitists of the nineteenth century-in any medium. Raised in a well-connected and creative family, Cameron led an unconventional life for a woman of the Victorian age. After devoting herself to an artistic and literary salon at her home on the Isle of Wight and raising eleven children, Cameron took up photography in her late forties.


Over the next fourteen years, she produced more than a thousand strikingly original and often controversial images. Her searching portraits of her friends and acquaintances, including Alfred Tennyson and Charles Darwin, have been called the world's first close-ups.



May Day, 1866




Circe, 1865




The Five Foolish Virgins, 1864




Il Penseroso, 1864–1865




Long-Suffering, Gentleness, Goodness




Summer Days, 1866




Sappho, 1865




The Passing Of Arthur, 1875. From Illustrations to Tennyson's Idylls of the King, and Other Poems, Volume II.




Kate Dore, 1862




Paul and Virginia, 1864




Mrs. Herbert Duckworth, 1872




Annie; ‘My first success,’ 1864




Lady Adelaide Talbot, May 1865




Lady Adelaide Talbot, May 1865




Christiana Fraser-Tytler, c. 1864-1865




Sappho, 1865




Christabel, 1866




Beatrice 1866




Julia Jackson 1867




Hosanna 1865




Portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron by her son, about 1870




Vivien and Merlin from Illustrations to Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, 1874




Lady Elcho / A Dantesque Vision, 1865




Resting in Hope; La Madonna Riposata, 1864




St. Agnes, 1864




The Dream, 1869




Henry Taylor, October 10, 1867




Charles Darwin, 1868




Portrait of Herschel, April 1867




Henry Cole, 1868






(Photos by Julia Margaret Cameron)



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