The identity of Miss Bush is nearly a complete mystery. Her involvement with photography is represented by a single competent and clearly credited example in a Llewelyn family album thought to have been compiled by Emma Charlotte, the daughter of John Dillwyn Llewelyn and Emma Thomasina Llewelyn (Talbotís cousin). Taken at the Llewelyn family estate of Penllergare, The Observatory is a salted paper print made from a paper negative, probably dating from the early to mid-1850s. Miss Bush is not mentioned in any known Llewelyn family records. She may have been a one-time visitor to Penllergare, perhaps given the opportunity to experiment with a camera there, or perhaps she was already accomplished in the art.
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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