The Mountain Nymph Sweet Liberty June 1866: Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography

150 years before Instagram, Julia Margaret Cameron set the trend for selfies with her Victorian era Celebrity Photographs

The Mountain Nymph Sweet Liberty June 1866: Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography

Portraits of patients at Victorian lunatic asylum treated for 'mania and melancholia' | Daily Mail Online

Harrowing pictures of the mentally ill housed in Victorian asylum

Portraits of patients at Victorian lunatic asylum treated for 'mania and melancholia' | Daily Mail Online

This is me deciding what will be the next reading (Maude Fealy in Hamlet, early XX century)

This is me deciding what will be the next reading (Maude Fealy in Hamlet, early XX century)

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

ca. 1850, [Ambrotype portrait of an Ojibwa gentleman with goggles and a hair piece], by Whitney or Upton of St. Paul, Minnesota.  via Behold Auction Gallery, Sale 45

ca. 1850, [Ambrotype portrait of an Ojibwa gentleman with goggles and a hair piece], by Whitney or Upton of St. Paul, Minnesota. via Behold Auction Gallery, Sale 45

Artist Dan Hillier - Victorian portraits with organic, fantastical headdresses.  multiple stares.

Artist Dan Hillier - Victorian portraits with organic, fantastical headdresses. multiple stares.

Flower Seller. Characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish (1879-1950), selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

Flower Seller. Characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish (1879-1950), selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

Baby in a Victorian pram.  Prams were first seen around 1850 and became very fashionable throughout the Victorian era. They were seen as a status symbol because they were costly.

Baby in a Victorian pram. Prams were first seen around 1850 and became very fashionable throughout the Victorian era. They were seen as a status symbol because they were costly.

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