Jeremy Norman, "Darwin's Century", Sotheby's, 11 December 1992, lot 139
Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photographs (2002), no.644
A COPY OF THE RAREST OF CAMERON'S PORTRAITS OF DARWIN. Julia Margaret Cameron took a series of photographic portraits of Darwin when he and his family rented Dumbola Lodge in Freshwater from the photographer in the summer of 1868. They stayed for six weeks, during which time they became very attached to Cameron and were visited by many of her friends including Tennyson and Longfellow. Darwin himself believed that Cameron's were the best photographs that had been taken of him.
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