Nothing is at present known of Wilkinson’s life or work other than his 1898 presentation titled “Paper Negatives.” He told the members of the London and Provincial Photographic Association, “to the photographer of forty years’ experience the above title recalls almost endless trouble, first in the difficulty of procuring paper at all suitable for the pur-pose, then the mess and trouble of waxing, iodising, sensitising, etc. After all this trouble the tedious operations of exposure and development had to be faced, but after an expenditure of time and trouble a present-day amateur would shirk; the process gave negatives leaving little to be desired, as may be seen by the example No. 1, a waxed paper negative made in 1855.”
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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