'Rev Stenton Eardley, Vicar of Streatham,' May 1869.

Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle

'Rev Stenton Eardley, Vicar of Streatham,' May 1869.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of Stenton Eardley (1823-1883), the first vicar of Immanuel Church in Streatham, South London. Cameron's photographic portraits are considered among the finest in the early history of photography. She set up a private studio at her Isle of Wight home at the age of 48, after her daughter gave her a camera, and she became expert at using the collodion wet-plate process. She used friends, servants and neighbours as subjects, including the scientists Charles Darwin and John Herschel, and the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Much of her work reflects the Pre-Raphaelite painting style which was popular at the time. In 1875 she and her husband moved to Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka), where she died in 1879.

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