'Friar Laurence and Juliet', 1864.
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Poet and dramatist Henry Taylor (1800-1886) and servant Mary Ann Hillier (1847-1936) as characters from Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) whose 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. Much of her work reflects the Pre-Raphaelite painting style which was popular at the time. As shown here, she often used friends, servants and neighbours as subjects.