Several nature prints of leaves, inscribed “C. Crawley” on the verso, were offered in a 1985 auction and are now in a private collection. Accompanying these was a solitary salted paper print, made from a calotype negative and inscribed “Group in Vicarage Garden, Hartpury, August, 1846”; it is monogrammed “C. C.” and is heavily retouched in ink. From 1838 to 1856, the vicar of Hartpury, Gloucester, was the Reverend Charles Crawley-Boevey (1780-1856), who was also a justice of the peace. With their flexible work schedules and enthusiasm for investigating the natural world, clergymen like Rev. Crawley often took up pursuits such as photography. On the other hand, the vicar’s wife was Catherine, née Yonge (b. 1789), and photograms of leaves were particularly attractive to women photographers. Either “C. C.” — husband or wife — is thus a possible identification, and perhaps they even worked together as a team.
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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