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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Penrice

Dates:  1818 - 1892
Active:  Great Britain / Egypt

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Approved biography for John Penrice
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

A major in the Norfolk Artillery, Penrice exhibited calotypes and waxed-paper architectural and landscape views in the 1854 and 1855 Photographic Society exhibitions in London and in the 1855 London Photographic Institution exhibition. His work after that was in collodion. A complex character, Penrice eventually became a justice of the peace in Norfolk. In 1844, on the death of his father, he sent twenty-five major paintings from Wilton House, the family home near Yarmouth in Norfolk, to Messrs. Christie and Manson. Some of these are in the National Gallery, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 1861 he published The Valley of the Nile, a series of one hundred stereoscopic views taken in Egypt and Nubia. Although Penrice’s photographs are now virtually unknown, his 1873 Dictionary and Glossary of the Kor-ân was such a substantial piece of scholarship that an edition of it is still in print. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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General reading 
Taylor, Roger; with Larry J. Schaaf, 2007, Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860, (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art) [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Penrice, John, 1873, A Dictionary and Glossary of the Kor-ân, with Copious Grammatical References and Explanations of the Text, (London: H. S. King) [Δ
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