A resident of St. Andrews, Curwen became a member of the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1859. An album compiled by him that emerged at auction in 1976 contained not only his own prints, which were made from waxed-paper negatives, but also a significant collection of works by others, ranging from views of the Great Exhibition of 1851 to later carbon prints of the Middle East. It also included an extensive series of portraits by the St. Andrews calotypist Thomas Rodger. Nothing is known of Curwen’s occupation or any other personal details, but he was possibly the Robert Ewing Curwen born in 1841 whose father of the same name died in 1854.
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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