Julia Margaret Cameron, photograph of Prince Alàmayou

Julia Margaret Cameron, photograph of Prince Alàmayou

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79)
Photograph of  Prince Alàmayou
England
1868
Albumen print
Museum no. 24-1939

Julia Margaret Cameron took up photography at the age of forty-three and quickly established herself as a leading practitioner. Her images captured the sitters in original and remarkable ways. She took this photograph of Prince Alàmayou of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in July 1868 when he visited the Isle of Wight. The prince had been brought to England at the request of Queen Victoria when his father, Emperor Theodore of Abyssinia, committed suicide. In the photograph he is seven years old and wears Abyssinian dress. Prince Alàmayou died at the age of eighteen and is the only person buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle who is not a member of the British royal family.