After receiving a camera as a gift from her daughter, Julia Margaret Cameron began her career in photography at the age of forty-eight. She produced most of her work from her home at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. Many of her models were family members, (including her husband and grandson), her domestic servants as well as local residents.

She also photographed the intellectuals and leaders within her own circle of family and friends which included the portrait painter George Frederick Watts, the astronomer Sir John Herschel, and the Poet Laureate of England Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


  • Title: Ophelia Study No. 2
  • Creator: Julia Margaret Cameron
  • Creator Lifespan: 1815 - 1879
  • Creator Nationality: English
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Creator Death Place: Kawtara, Ceylon
  • Creator Birth Place: Calcutta, India
  • Date Created: 1867
  • Location Created: England, Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: w27 x h33 cm (Image)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: Public Domain, George Eastman House Collections
  • Medium: albumen print
  • Place Part Of: Europe
  • Materials Extent: complete
  • Inscriptions: mat recto-(signature and handwritten notations in ink by artist) title, "From Life Julia Margaret Cameron", (handwritten in pencil) "1 (and symbol for shillings)", (embossed stamp) "Registered Photograph London Sold By Messrs Colnaghi 140 Pall Mall East" mat verso-(blue stamp) "389", (handwritten in pencil) "38"
  • Credit line: Gift of Eastman Kodak Company; ex-collection of Gabriel Cromer
  • Credit Line Source: George Eastman House
  • Credit Line Extent: complete

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