'Faith', 1865.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 32cm


Allegorical portrait of Mary Ann Hillier (1847-1936) with Elizabeth Keown (born 1859), and Alice Jessie Keown (born 1861), 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.

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