|Dates: ||1823 - 1888|
|Active: ||Italy / France / Switzerland|
Early English photographer.
The photographic outputs of the three Backhouse brothers, from a family of naturalists, horticulturalists, and bankers, are intriguingly intertwined. Alfred (identified incorrectly as Arthur in some auction catalogues) was elected a member of the Photographic Society in 1855. Supported by his coal earnings, he actively exhibited prints from waxed-paper negatives. In 1854-55, Venice, Strasbourg, and Nice supplied his subjects, including architectural details and more comprehensive views. In 1857 his exhibited photographs were all from Switzerland, ranging from Lucerne’s monument to the Swiss Guards to images of glaciers and Mont Blanc; the exhibition catalogue revealed that in one of these, the “sky of negative [is] slightly touched” (i.e., retouched).
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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