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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)

Herbert Wilson (1820–1905) Apr. 1868

RCIN 2941862

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Photograph of Herbert Wilson, head and shoulders, three-quarters right, right hand by his head, with moustache and beard.

Herbert Louther Wilson (1820–1905) was the son of Sir John Morillyon Wilson (1783–1868), a hero of the Napoleonic Wars. Following in his father’s footsteps, Herbert joined the army in 1845 but later sold his commission to establish himself as a portrait painter. He exhibited during the 1860s and 1870s at the Royal Academy, the British Institute and the Grosvenor Gallery.

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