Four related groups of waxed-paper negatives emerged at auction in 1976: more than fifty in number and measuring 16 x 21 centimeters each, they were all taken in Dover, a coastal town in Kent. About half are architectural and town views while the rest are, unsurprisingly, studies of shipping and harbor views. (Restored by a royal commission in the late 1840s, the harbor would have been a rich subject.) The dated negatives were taken predominantly in 1851.One is further inscribed “G. Martin, Market Pl., June 17-51,” providing a tempting clue, but to date the exact identity of the photographer has not been confirmed.
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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