|Born: John Brampton Philpot |
Other: J.B. Philpot
Other: John Philpot
|Dates: ||1812 - 1878|
A native of Maidstone in Kent, John Philpot adopted the name Giovanni when he moved to Florence. Originally a copperplate printer, he became a professional studio photographer about 1850. In the 1856 Photographic Society of Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh, James Drummond of the Royal Scottish Academy submitted two of Philpot’s waxed-paper views of Florence. Philpot then turned to stereoscopic photography, sometimes sharing credit with another photographer by the name of Jackson. Philpot’s one known literary work was his 1854 Sabina: A Sicilian Tale of the Thirteenth Century, a novel the Athenaeum found to be “full of fine writing and modern antique phraseology.”
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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