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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Richard Dykes Alexander

Dates:  1788 - 1865
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for Richard Dykes Alexander
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Alexander was probably lured into photography through the influence of close family members. His nephew was the photographic pioneer John Dillwyn Llewelyn, who married Talbotís cousin Emma Thomasina Llewelyn, herself a photographer. By the time Alexander took up photography in the 1850s he was a well-established member of Ipswich society, having founded a hospital and a temperance hall. Elected a member of the Photographic Society in London in 1853, Alexander used both calotype and collodion processes, although he publicly exhibited only works made from glass plates. A substantial body of his work was dispersed at auction at Sothebyís, London. 
  
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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