|Dates: ||1834 - 1891|
The daughter of a British civil servant, Susan Eliza Evans (née Gisborne) was born in Russia. Her grandfather the Reverend Thomas Gisborne was a well-known and popular poet and naturalist, and it was perhaps from him that she acquired the inclination to pursue a pastime like photography. Gisborne’s closest friend was Joseph Wright of Derby, and the two of them often took their paint boxes into the countryside together; his butler was James Fox, who later emerged as an important toolmaker who sold to Russia. In 1854, Susan married Walter Evans of Darley Abbey. They both became photographers. Only one example of her photography is known to have survived, an undated view of Snelston Church in Derbyshire; made from a paper negative, it is preserved in an album assembled by either Robert Henry Cheney or, more likely, Alfred Capel Cure. Signed “Mrs. W. Evans,” it might have been made before her marriage and later inserted into the album, but it is more likely that she and her husband learned photography together.
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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