|Dates: ||1827 - 1903|
Walter Evans came from a well-connected Derbyshire family. His home, Darley Abbey, was close to Markeaton Hall, the estate of the Mundy family and the childhood home of Talbotís wife Constance. Evans presided over many commercial undertakings, including banking, cotton spinning, and papermaking, and he became a justice of the peace. Many examples of his paper negative photography are preserved in albums assembled by either Robert Henry Cheney or his nephew Alfred Capel Cure. Undated but almost certainly from the mid-1850s, the photographs are primarily views of Derbyshire. It appears that Evans took up photography at about the same time that he married Susan Gisborne in 1854. With her familyís interests in natural philosophy and painting, she was perhaps the one who inspired her husband to take up the art. Evans remarried after the death of susan evans, his first wife and fellow photographer, who left a substantial fortune.
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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