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)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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