|Dates: ||1826 - 1905|
Sir John Joscelyn Coghill, 4th Baronet, and typically known as Sir Joscelyn Coghill, came from a long-established and wealthy Yorkshire family. His second marriage brought him ties to Ireland. When or how he became interested in photography is not known, but Coghill began taking paper negatives by the early 1850s or even before. His photographs reflect the interests of a wealthy amateur and include family portraits, idyllic country scenes, and architectural studies. Coghill became briefly active in photographic circles in 1857, contributing a view to The Photographic Album for the Year 1857; showing nine landscapes in the “Manchester Art Treasures” exhibition; and presenting a paper to the Dublin Photographic Society that detailed his second major photographic tour, a trip through Switzerland in the summer of 1856. He had by then established a strong preference for wet-collodion negatives, perhaps having been cautioned by a colleague who had lost several weeks worth of work when his waxed-paper photographs failed to develop properly. As far as we know Coghill exhibited only one other time, twelve Irish views in the Dublin International Exhibition in 1865.
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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