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Dates:  1816 - 1894
Born:  Great Britain
Died:  Great Britain
Active:  England
 
  
In 1854 Queen Victoria commissioned him to photograph objects in the royal collection. In 1862 he accompanied the Prince of Wales on a tour of the ancient sites of Egypt and the Holy Land and the photographs were published in the four volume "Photographic Pictures made by Mr. Francis Bedford during the Tour in the East, in which ... he accompanied ... the Prince of Wales" (London: Day & Son, 1863) and a later 1866 edition. He also took landscape and urban views of the British Isles.

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Approved biography for Francis Bedford
Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK)

 
  
Francis Bedford was an architect, as well as a draughtsman and lithographer. In 1854 he was commissioned by Queen Victoria to photograph objects in the royal collection, and later photographed Prince Albertís native town of Coburg. He also captured previously unrecorded sites when accompanying the Prince of Wales on a tour of the Holy Land. But Bedford is best known for his numerous views of Great Britain; including views of Wales, Devon, Warwickshire and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as a stereoscopic series, English Scenery. 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011. 
  
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Francis Bedford.] 
  
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.83 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.241 
  
 

Quotations

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"The life of the landscape photographer is assuredly an enviable one. The pursuit of his favorite art leads him to pleasant places, and brings him face to face with whatever is most lovely and enjoyable in Nature‘s fair domain; but it is not a life of unmixed content."
 
  
 
  
 
  
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