|Dates: ||1809 - ?|
When the Will Weissberg Collection was sold in 1967, it contained three prints intriguingly inscribed on the mounts “H. A. Tucker, Calotype taken by Herself.” Two of these were dated 1845. With this little information, the identity of Tucker must remain speculative. The most likely candidate is Harriet Ann, the wife of John Tucker, the highly successful Honiton lace manufacturer who gained prominence in 1839 by making the lace flounce for Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. At its peak the Tucker firm employed an astonishing two thousand workers. In the census Harriet Tucker was listed both as a wife and as “occupied in the above business,” almost certainly in a managerial role. She was known to Pauline Trevelyan and would have had the means and, apparently, the technical skills to master photography. Two of Tucker’s calotypes were auctioned in 1977; most likely they were the two from the earlier sale.
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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