|Dates: ||1788 - 1865|
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)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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