A recently discovered album of images by 19th century photo pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron, which included two previously u2018unseenu2019 portraits, has sold for nearly u00a3250,000.

As AP reported in September, two ‘unrecorded’ images – depicting the photographer’s personal maid Mary Hillier – were among 32 large scale portraits contained in the album, which was discovered earlier this year.

It was believed to be one of only eleven known albums compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron with her own photographs – representing hours of meticulous work.

It sold for £242,500.

The album contains portraits of her friends and family, including leading figures in Victorian society such as Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The photographer presented the album to her nephew, the artist Valentine Cameron Prinsep for his 31st birthday on 14 February 1869.