According to the catalogue of the 1856 exhibition of the Norwich Photographic Society, a T. J. Freeman presented a calotype view, Stranded Vessels on Kessingland Beach. Then, the following year in Birmingham, a T. F. Freeman exhibited a view (process unspecified), Somerleyton Hall, near Lowestoft, the Seat of Sir M. Peto, M.P. Kessingland is near Lowestoft, and such a coincidence seems less likely than that we are dealing with a typographical error and hence the same photographer. (There was also a Thomas Frederick Freeman, later a justice of the peace in the area, but nothing has been found to connect him with photography.) Although neither of these photographs is known to have survived, their subject matter suggests one other possibility. Thomas Tripp Freeman (b. 1812), the keeper of the lighthouse at Lowestoft, would have had an obvious interest in shipping and would also have had his daytimes free to pursue an avocation like photography.
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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