|Dates: ||1821 - 1872|
|Active: ||Great Britain|
Gastineau was born in London of a Huguenot family. His father, Henry, was a landscape painter who originally apprenticed as an engraver. Art pervaded the family (so much so that his younger sister Maria died after falling off a mountain while completing a painting). William exhibited five calotypes and one waxed-paper study of garden scenes and views from chalk quarries in the 1857 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. No other photographic work of his is known, but in the 1871 census, a year before his death, Gastineau still listed his profession as photographer.
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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