·  Matthew Butson
Vice President of Hulton Archive
·  Lenny Hanson
Conservator of Hulton Archive
·  Sarah McDonald
Curator of Hulton Archive
·  Lee Shoulders
Director of Archival Film Content
·  Fox Photos Daybooks
·  Le Grice X-Ray Photograph
·  Roger Bannister breaks four-minute mile, 1954
·  London Stereoscopic Company
·  Rod Steiger, 1955
·  Blondin Crossing Niagara Falls, 1858
·  Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1873
·  The Great East River Suspension Bridge, 1886
·  Hay Elevator, 1937
·  Eva Peron, 1951
·  Marilyn Monroe, 1956
·  Lauren Bacall, 1954
·  The Express Collection
·  Conservation
Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1873
Photographer: Julia Margaret Cameron

In 1875, Victorian photographic pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron gifted a set of albums from her last major works (Idylls of the King) to her sister-in-law Virginia Somers. These very albums since came into our possession, yet we have no records pertaining directly to their acquisition. The two volumes were reconstructed previously, but incorrectly paginated with some plates missing. We employed a professional conservation bookbinder to undertake the meticulous restoration work, whom, in dismantling the albums, discovered the missing plates sandwiched between leaves. As few as eight of the rare 19th century albums are still in existence, mostly in major museums.

Read Sarah McDonald's article "Idylls Revisited (Julia Margaret Cameron)"

A view inside the restoration room with the finished album propped on the table.

Frontispiece of Idylls of the King showing water damage and page discoloration.

Image of the author Lord Alfred Tennyson, prepared for the restoration process.

Cover of album showing water damage to corner.

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