Dutton is a complete mystery save for a useful paper he read before the North London Photographic Association in 1858 outlining his “Experiments on the Waxed-Paper Process.” In this presentation he spoke of using a stereo camera with a Ross landscape lens, but none of his photographs have been traced. The year before, a Miss Dutton had submitted collodion portraits to the Photographic Society exhibition in London; she was likely Miss Jane Dutton, a commercial photographer from 1856 to 1862, and perhaps she and James Dutton were related.
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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