The son of a carver and gilder (i.e., a picture frame maker), Hope was a very young engraver when photography came to his hometown of Leeds. He joined the Leeds Photographic Society and contributed a paper view, Briggate, Leeds, to their 1852 Productions, signing the ornately designed gilt-stamped cover of the album. There were six engraving firms located on Briggate in Leeds at the time, but only one, Samuel Brown Jr., that specialized in gold lettering, and Hope may well have designed and manufactured the album there. Hope was still in the printing business in Leeds by the time of the 1901 census, but any further photographic work of his is unknown.
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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