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Book Competition

8 January 2016

This week’s competition prize is Julia Margaret Cameron: Photographs to electrify you with delight and startle the world, by Marta Weiss (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, £25). Click here for your chance to win.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the country. Criticised in her lifetime for her unconventional techniques, she is now celebrated as a pioneering portraitist. 2015 marks the bicentenary of Cameron’s birth and the 150th anniversary of her first museum exhibition. This book draws on the V&A’s significant collection, which includes photographs acquired directly from Cameron and letters she wrote to the museum’s founding director. Curator Marta Weiss tells the story of Cameron’s artistic development and presents a group of photographs recently revealed to have belonged to Cameron’s friend and mentor the artist G.F. Watts. This discovery sheds light on previously unacknowledged aspects of Cameron’s experimental approach.

For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 22 January 2016.

Which famous Victorian poet was Julia Margaret Cameron’s neighbour on the Isle of Wight?

This competition closes at midday on 22 January 2016.

For our last competition prize we offered Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945–1975, by Elain Harwood (Yale University Press, £50).

Which architect designed the National Theatre in London?

Answer: Denys Lasdun

Congratulations to the winner, Steph Lovatt