In the early 1980s dozens of highly competent waxed-paper negatives emerged in several auctions, many of them signed “G. Shepherd.” Taken in Dover, Canterbury, and Hastings, they depicted urban scenes, ecclesiastical architecture, and coastal views. The tentative attribution made at the time was to George Sidney Shepherd (1802 – 1861), a watercolor artist. He, however, signed his paintings “Geo. Sidney Shepherd,” “George Sidney Shepherd,” “Geo. S. Shepherd,” or “G.S.S.” There were a number of other painters at the time named George Shepherd, and of course, the photographer may have been an amateur who was not a painter. The only other clues at present are that one view of Hastings (printed in albumen from a paper negative) was dated 1851 and one street scene September 8, 1854.
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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