A collection of photographs “taken and processed by an amateur experimenter” emerged in an otherwise routine auction in 1986. This richly varied grouping included negative and positive Talbotypes, cyanotypes, and examples by many other processes, mostly copies of prints and photographs. Dating from the 1850s and 1860s, the collection was accompanied by a 106 page manuscript with notes on the various processes. The collection has not been traced, and nothing further is known of the photographer, cited as Frederic Burrow. The most likely candidate by this name is a Westmoreland artist in stained glass, born about 1816, who is known for one of the windows in Chester Cathedral.
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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