|Other: John Stanton (uncertain) |
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Stanton’s negatives and prints are in a number of collections, but in all the known inscriptions he is simply “Mr. Stanton of Warwick.” For some time historians speculated, without any evidence, that he might have been George Stanton, a bookbinder in Warwick. An inscription on a print in the Smithsonian Institution reads: “I got this from Mr. Stanton Longbridge nr. Warwick (who took it some years 15 or 20 before) in March 1867.” William Staunton (a common variation of Stanton) of Longbridge died in 1848. His eldest son and heir was John Staunton, who trained as an M.D. but was an enthusiastic author and collector. In 1875 he donated his “very fine collection of books, pamphlets, pictures, engravings, newspapers, old charters, pedigrees and autographs” to the Birmingham Central Free Library. Tragically, the library burned to the ground four years later. Among Staunton’s published books was his 1873 The Persians, illustrated with albumen prints by C. W. Smartt.
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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