Sherrington, who was from a prominent Catholic family in Preston, Lancashire, was ruined in a bank failure and emigrated to Rotterdam with his family in 1838. His daughter, Helen Lemmens-Sherrington (1834-1906), became a well-known singer. Twenty calotypes, some signed in the negative “J. Sherrington/fecit,” survive in the Richard Willats album; about half are portraits and half are architectural views of Rotterdam. Some are dated 1845 and 1847, and one is titled Ruins after a Fire of a Theatre, Rotterdam. Those signed “Sherrington, esq.” may be by him or by W. Sherrington. Nothing further is known about their photographic work.
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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