The 1856 exhibition of the Photographic Society of Scotland in Edinburgh contained seven calotypes by “E. Raven.” Four of these were contributed by E. Raven himself, or herself, and the remaining three by the Reverend Thomas Milville Raven, almost certainly a relation. They were all taken in Surrey. The photographer might have been Rev. Raven’s brother Eustace, a twenty-year-old destined for the ministry. Or perhaps the photographer was Rev. Raven’s wife, Eliza, née Jaques, whom he had married in 1849. Neither Eustace nor Eliza Raven had a documented connection with Surrey. No further work by this photographer is known, although a 1980s auction listed a print attributed to “Rev’d E. Millville Raven.” That could have been Eustace Raven (although he was never Milville) or could have been a typographical error or misreading of “Rev’d T. Millville Raven.”
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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