'Dejatch Alamayou...and Captain Speedy', 1868.

Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle

'Dejatch Alamayou...and Captain Speedy', 1868.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm


'Dejatch Alamayou and Basha Felika King Theodore's Son and Captain Speedy'. 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. 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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