Henry Thoby Prinsep

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79)


Albumen print, arched top

14 3/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (375 mm x 285 mm)

© National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG P989)

Given by Cordelia Curle, 1959

Julia Cameron's sister Sara (1816-87) married Henry Thoby Prinsep (1792-1878), in 1835. A very senior Civil Servant in Calcutta, he was much older than she was. The family returned to England before the Camerons, in 1843, and leased Little Holland House in Kensington from Lord Holland, with whom they shared a mutual friend – the artist G. F. Watts. [Commentary continues below; click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery