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The Main Wing, Pavilion and Terrace, Osborne House.

Osborne was an important setting for early royal photography

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79)

Clinton Parry (1840–83) 1868

RCIN 2941857

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Photograph of Charles Clinton Parry in half-length, head tilted upwards resting on his right hand, almost profile right. His left hand on a book. He wears a cap trimmed with feather.

Charles Clinton Parry (1840–83) was part of a highly artistic family, which included his brother Hubert, the composer best known today for the hymn Jerusalem. From an early age, Clinton displayed signs of instability. This later turned to alcoholism and mental illness, alienating him from his wife and four children. After time working in South Africa and New Zealand, he died, separated from his family, in Australia.

Text adapted from Roger Fenton – Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British photographs from the Royal Collection, London (2010)