I highly recommend, 'Julia Margaret Cameron and The Allure of Photography' to anyone wanting to learn not only about the role of Julia Margaret Cameron as pioneering nineteenth-century photographer but as a woman, as a wife, as a mother, and as a friend. Bob Cotton has humanized her and brought her ever so tangibly and lovingly into soft focus!
I have researched The Freshwater Circle of artists and know a little about Mrs. Cameron and this book taught me about aspects of her use of the camera and her photographs that I couldn't find anywhere else and I've read the nineteenth century literature! Bob Cotton has gone to great lengths to do painstaking research and his passion for photography, cultural media, and all things 'Freshwater Circle' related comes shining through clearly! I add this to my research stack of books proudly!