'La Beata', 1865.
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Allegorical portrait of Mary Ann Hillier with Freddy Gould by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). 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. Hillier, a housemaid, was one of Cameron's favourite models. Freddy Gould, the son of a local man, also appeared in several of her tableaux.