'Dejatch Alamayou and Basha Felika King Theodore's Son and Captn Speedy'. Albumen print from wet collodion negative. Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) of Alamayou (1861-1879), the son of King Theodore of Abyssinia with Captain J C Speedy. Alamayou was an orphan and Captain Speedy became his guardian. Alamayou 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.
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