For the 1853 exhibition of the Mechanics’ Institution in Aberdeen, Dudgeon gave his address as Kailzie, in the Scottish border country on the River Tweed. The ambitious nature of his entries indicates that he was certainly keen if not accomplished. Working exclusively in the calotype process, Dudgeon covered a remarkable range, from conventional portraits to pictures of a sleeping dog, to studies of trees, and calotypes of snowy streets - the last a challenge with its low contrast in the weak winter light. Perhaps he was the retired general Peter Dudgeon (b. 1786), whose daughter (Miss Dudgeon) lived with him in Edinburgh about this time and whose son Patrick lived at Kailzie Mansion House. None of Dudgeon’s photographic work is known to have survived.
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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