|Dates: ||1821 - ?|
Compton was a calico printer for the firm of Thomas Hoyle & Sons in Manchester, well placed both professionally and in location to learn about photography. In the 1856 exhibition of the Manchester Photographic Society, he placed six calotypes, three of which were studies of Haddon Hall and its grounds, while the other three were architectural views in Surrey and in Derbyshire. To date, no other record of Comptonís photographic activity has been found.
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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