|Dates: ||1823 - ?|
Little is known about Birch except that he was one of the founding members of the Leeds Photographic Society. His only recorded photograph is a single calotype, Bowling Hall, near Bradford, included in Productions of the Leeds Photographic Society for 1852, an apparently unique publication now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The photographer is listed simply as “J. Birch,” so the identification must remain speculative, but there was a John Birch who was born and lived in Bowling. His occupation as an iron refiner implies a familiarity with chemistry. The oldest part of the original “Bouline Haul” has been standing since the fifteenth century; this rambling stone house, known as Bowling Hall in Birch’s time, survives today as Bolling Hall.
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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