This book illustrates Queen Victoria’s own set of Cameron’s remarkable portraits alongside Fenton’s images of Windsor Castle and the royal children, which together provide a glimpse into a life ordinarily hidden from public view.
In terms of artistic achievement, Julia Margaret Cameron and Roger Fenton are probably the two most important British photographers of the nineteenth century.
The early days of photography in Britain were marked by a plethora of artistic experiments and innovations, both by professional artists and talented amateurs. But two photographers from the Victorian era stand out from the pack: Julia Margaret Cameron and Roger Fenton.
Cameron's fancy-dress recreations of scenes from myth and history and Fenton's photographs from the battlefields of the Crimean War set new standards for technique—and helped to establish photography.
About the Author: Sophie Gordon is Head of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust, and has published widely on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography.