Ive always been in love with this famous photograph of Julia Stephen (1846–1895), a renowned beauty in her day according to Wikipedia (I can see why) and mother of Virginia Stephen who would later become better known as Virginia Woolf. The photograph was taken by the celebrated Victorian photography pioneer (all the more so since she was a woman) Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).
Julia Margaret Cameron did everything a Victorian photographer was NOT supposed to do, including being a woman. The results of her work are astonishingly clear and look as though they may have been taken yesterday. There are none of the usual stiff,uncomfortable poses to be found here. South Africa, FMP: Julia Margaret Cameron