|Dates: ||1807 - 1875|
Rev. Winter presented his “Observations on the Calotype Process” to the members of the North London Photographic Association in 1858, exhibiting a number of his “excellent negatives” to illustrate the talk. Sadly, this was read during a time when the photographic journals were beginning to tire of the older paper processes, and his text seems not to have been published. However, at least two albums preserve the memory of his early photography. His younger brother, James (1813-1856), lived in Tasmania but visited the Vicarage at Tottenham in 1854. As a departure present, John presented him with an album, dated November 18, 1854, that contained diverse architectural and scenic views taken across the north of London. In 1976 a second Winter album emerged at auction, this one with the book-plate of another brother, Thomas Le Mesuier Winter (1809 – 1876), who spent much of his life as a merchant in Australia but moved to London in retirement. It contained both collodion and calotype views, all dated from 1853 to 1855 and showing a wide range of subjects, including portraits, architectural views, still lifes, and landscapes. There is no evidence that Thomas was a photographer, so this album must be assumed to have been a gift from his brother.
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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