Sir John Herschel fotografiado por Julia Margaret Cameron

Cameron explained her approach to photographing Sir John Herschel:
“When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. 
The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer. Most devoutly was this feeling present to me when I photographed my illustrious and revered as well as beloved friend, Sir John Herschel. He was to me as a Teacher and High Priest. From my earliest girlhood I had loved and honored him and it was after a friendship of 31 years’ duration that the high task of giving his portrait to the nation was allotted to me.”