'Our Royal Cousin' [Val Prinsep as Henry VIII], 1874.
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Albumen print of artist Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904) by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). Val Prinsep was the son of Cameron's sister Sarah, and Thoby Prinsep. He was an artist and an active member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists. Cameron's photographic portraits are considered among the finest in the early history of photography. 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.