Albumen print. Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of the Honourable Francis (Frank) Charteris (1844–1870). Charteris studied at Balliol College, Oxford and belonged to an avant-garde literary group. He was the eldest son of Lord and Lady Elcho had he not died during a gun accident, would have become the 11th Earl of Wemys and inherited the family estates in Scotland. 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.
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