|Dates: ||1810 - 1886|
Cundell shared a passion for calotypy with his older bachelor brother, george smith cundell, and like him was born in Scotland but made his living as a banker in London. Both brothers were prolific creators of calotype negatives, but whereas George greatly influenced the field with his writings, Henry Cundell was a major contributor to the photographic exhibitions of the day. In the 1852 exhibition of the Society of Arts in London, for which his brother was a driving force, Henry showed a dozen views of landscape and architecture in England and Wales. An entry in the 1853 exhibition of the Photographic Institution in London was St. Paulís Cathedral, from the River, while the next year Cundell contributed views of Wales to Society of Arts touring exhibitions.
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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