|Dates: ||1818 - ?|
Piper was a printer and stationer in Ipswich when he first came to notice in the 1856 Norwich Photographic Society exhibition. Most of his work in this and subsequent exhibitions was realized in collodion, but in the 1858 Photographic Society exhibition in London, Piper showed one Talbotype architectural view. At the 1859 Photographic Society of Scotland, it was noted that “a new name . . . demands notice — that of Mr. J. Dixon Piper of Ipswich, who contributes some subjects, both architectural and of general na-ture, which are of a very high class . . . on a large scale, and most effective photographs.” Piper disappears from photographic circles after 1865. He remained in Ipswich, in 1881 listing himself in the census as a “retired bookseller and printer,” and was still alive at the time of the 1891 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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