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Names:
Joint: Hennah & Kent 
Dates:  1827 - 1897
Born:  England, Isle of Wight
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for William Henry Kent
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
In 1852 Kent and his partner Thomas Henry Hennah purchased a Talbotype license and opened the Brighton Talbotype Portrait Gallery above William Mason’s print shop on King’s Road in Brighton. Born on the Isle of Wight, Kent had previously established himself in Brighton as an artist. Kent and Hennah often exhibited jointly, and Hennah was more active in exhibiting under his own name, but of Kent we know only that he contributed a series of six daguerreotype portraits to the 1863 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. Although none of his independent work has yet been identified, it is reasonable to assume that he as well as his partner took Talbotype portraits. After Hennah’s death in 1876 Kent continued the business until 1884, maintaining the “Talbotype” gallery long after the process itself had become obsolete. 
  
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
  
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