|Dates: ||1832 - 1881 (after)|
A substantial group of Dr. Brittan’s calotypes is preserved in the Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford, but little is known about him beyond their testimony. Born in Clifton, the son of an attorney, Brittan studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge. About 1854 he returned to the Clifton area to photograph in the region, also venturing into Wales. Nearly all of his productions were landscapes (one inscribed “taken in very heavy rain”), with one portrait and one copy of a drawing surviving. By 1871 he was chaplain of the gaol, Bristol.
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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