Acker saw what she believed to be a photograph -- of 19 century poet laureate of
Cameron is considered the most acclaimed female photographic artist of her time, according to Acker. She took numerous pictures of Victorian celebrities, including writers such as
Acker has been researching Cameron's work since 2004.
"Robin has made a terrific discovery here," said
Acker is pursuing her master's degree at USM specializing in 19-century
"I knew right away it was a portrait of Tennyson by
Using a microscope, they discovered an impression stamp on the back of the portrait that confirmed it was an authentic 1867 Cameron photograph of Tennyson, one of more than a dozen she took of the poet.
They also discovered that the photograph, framed by
Acker said the portrait indicates the close social network that existed between 19th-century British and American Victorian literati.
"The Cameron photographic portrait teaches us about the 'friending' and 'trending' activities of the Victorians," said Acker. "It teaches us that just like on
Acker said she thinks that there may even be one more Cameron photograph at the Sarah Orne Jewett House.
"I believe there may be another Cameron portrait in the house," Acker said. "But that remains to be confirmed."
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