Allegorical portrait of the Madonna and child by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879). The model used for the Madonna was one of Cameron's maids, Mary Ann Hillier. 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.
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