|Dates: ||1830 - 1858|
|Active: ||Malta / Italy|
Dunlop was only nine years old when he succeeded to his fatherís title. The young Sir James probably learned photography as a teenager from his aunt, the calotypist frances wallace monteith. During a Continental tour in about 1847, Dunlop took calotypes in Malta and Italy that are preserved in various albums, including one once owned by Sir David Brewster. Dunlop entered the Coldstream Guards in 1849 and served with distinction in the Crimean War. While there is no record that he was wounded, apparently his health was undermined. In 1857 Dunlop sold the ancient family estate in Ayrshire and moved to the south of France, where he died unmarried the following year.
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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