|Dates: ||1832 - 1864|
|Active: ||Great Britain / Egypt|
Fermor was the son of Thomas, 4th Earl of Pomfret, of Easton House in Northamptonshire, who served with distinction in the Peninsular War. The sonís connection with photography is firmly established through several identical albums titled Ancient Egypt in 1853 & 1854, Being Illustrations in Photography. The prints were made from paper negatives, but little else is known about the albums. Fermor joined the 2nd Life Guards, part of the Household Cavalry, in 1850. A lieutenant by 1855, he was a corporal at the time the photographs were made. The 2nd Life Guards were eventually posted to Egypt, but not until 1882, so the photographs must have been made while Fermor was on leave, and as they show a reasonably high degree of accomplishment, he must have had some experience in the art before leaving England. However, no other photographic work by Fermor has been traced. Fermor predeceased his older brother and thus never acceded to the distinguished family title.
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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