In 1843 the Durham Mechanics’ Institute held a Polytechnic Exhibition, displaying a typically wide range of material. In the Fine Arts section, Bramwell exhibited Rebecca, medium unspecified, and a “Photogenic Portrait.” The first sounds like a painting and therefore implies a profession as an artist, but a likely contender has not yet been identified. Possible candidates include: John Bramwell, Esq.; J. Bramwell, a surgeon; J. Thomson Bramwell, a local agent of the London Indisputable Life Policy Company; and Joseph C. Bromwell, a druggist in the 1851 census.
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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