TowerToo - November 2013 Peter Owen Publishers

Julia Margaret Cameron: A Victorian Family Portrait Brian Hill

The seven daughters of the Indian civil servant James Pattle and his French wife formed one of the more unusual family groups, the foremost among them being Julia Margaret Cameron – a pioneer of photography. While providing a compelling biography of one of photography’s most famous names, this highly entertaining book also illuminates the lives of her equally remarkable siblings. These include the legendary society hostess, Sarah; Virginia, who became a muse for Thackeray and outraged Victorian society with her loose living; and Maria, grandmother to Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.