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Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for Benjamin Abbot
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Abbot’s known photographic output is represented by a single waxed-paper study, Ickleford, Hertfordshire, shown in the 1856 exhibition of the Norwich Photographic Society. To date, no other clues about his identity have emerged. A likely candidate is Benjamin Abbott of Hitchin (1793 – 1870), a Quaker teacher friendly with the scientist Michael Faraday. Although the surnames differ slightly, this might easily be due to a typographical error, for Hitchin is only a mile away from Ickleford. 
  
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
  
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