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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Spencer Scrase Dickins

Dates:  1833 - 1884
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for Charles Spencer Scrase Dickins
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
It is not surprising that Dickins, a justice of the peace in rural Kent, took an interest in photography. His uncle, the Duke of Northampton, was the president of the Royal Society when photography was announced to the public, and the duke’s soirees provided an important platform for the new art. Dickins traveled to Italy in the early 1850s and his earliest known photographs date from 1854. Working in waxed paper, he took as his most frequent subjects his home of Coolhurst and the surrounding countryside of Kent. 
  
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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