|Dates: ||1819 - ?|
In the 1856 Norwich Photographic Society exhibition, a “W. Ralfs” showed two waxed-paper views of architecture in Bury St. Edmunds. The only W. Ralfs traced in the area was William Ralfs, a goldsmith’s shopman. The reviewer for the Norfolk News found these views “pleasing” but obviously did not know the photographer, so it is probable that he was not from the area. Another possibility is William Ralfs of Tonbridge, who had a circulating library and later was a newspaper proprietor.
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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