'Dejatch Alamayou King Theodore's Son', 1868.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

'Dejatch Alamayou King Theodore's Son', 1868.

Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle

© NMeM / Royal Photographic Society / Science & Society Picture Library


Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of Alamayou (1861-1879), the son of King Theodore of Abyssinia. Alamayou was an orphan who was brought to live in England after his parents died. 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 John Herschel and Charles Darwin, and the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.



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