|Dates: ||1823 - 1900|
As part of a calotyping journey to the Continent, John Muir Wood visited Belgium, finding himself in Ghent on July 30, 1847. He recorded in his diary (now in a private collection): “Met with 3 agreeable Englishmen, Snell, Charles and Wm H Barry, all architects apparently: the first sketching the 2nd Calotyping; got detail of his process & showed mine; his w[or]k sharp but bad in colour & would not print out well.” It is tempting to think that Wood had met up with Sir Charles Barry, the famous architect whose Victorian Gothic Houses of Parliament are one of the most prominent features of London. However, this project was behind schedule and greatly over budget in 1847, and it is unlikely that the beleaguered senior architect would have chosen this period for his holiday. On the other hand, his son, Charles Jr., also an architect, was forced to travel that year for reasons of health, and it is he who must have been the experimenting calotypist. None of his work is known to have survived.
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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