|Dates: ||1825 - 1894|
|Active: ||Great Britain|
Ayling was born the son of a bricklayer in a small village in West Sussex. Largely self-taught, he flourished locally as a poet, newspaper contributor, and village schoolmaster. By 1860 Ayling was advertising himself as a photographer, taking Talbotypes “only by appointment.” No surviving examples of his work are known.
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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