|Dates: ||1803 - ?|
The son of a solicitor, Shortt came from landed gentry in a well-established Dumfriesshire family and received a classical education. Very little else is known about him except for his service as a major general in the Bombay Army. At least four waxed-paper negatives and two albumen prints from other waxed-paper negatives, accompanied by an 1867 manuscript, survive in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. The subjects are all architecture in India. Shortt attended the funeral of Patrick Dudgeon of Cargen, and it is possible that his interest in photography was nurtured when he was back in his native Dumfries.
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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