Nowell was living in Bedford, apparently on independent means, when he took up amateur photography. His contribution to the 1855 Photographic Society exhibition in London included not only a frame of microscopic objects, taken in collodion, but also four waxed-paper views of bridges and cottages in Bedford. In the 1856 and 1857 Photographic Society exhibitions in London, Nowell showed waxed-paper views, all from Bedfordshire. Nothing further is known of his work.
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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