About this artwork

In 1860, Cameron moved to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight to be close to her friends the Tennysons who lived on the nearby estate of Farringford. This reflective portrait shows the poet's youngest son, Lionel, who later joined the India Office. In 1885, he contracted malaria at Assam and died at sea on the journey home. Cameron's own son reminisced about Farringford: 'I hear again the voice of my best loved friend, Lionel Tennyson, and gaze once more into those fine eyes of his through which his steadfast noble soul looked out so kindly and lovingly on this world'.

Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron