'King Lear allotting his Kingdom to his three daughters', 1872.
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Carbon print by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of a scene from William Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. Cameron 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 John Herschel and Charles Darwin, and the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. In this tableau her husband, barrister Charles Hay Cameron (1795-1880), plays the part of King Lear .