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Anthony Hamber replied to David Barker's discussion John Spiller
"Dear David You may already have this... but just in case.... John Spiller photographed Garibaldi at his studio in the Royal Arsenal in April 1864. See “Photograph of Garibaldi”, Photographic News, 22 April 1864 p. 204.  The…"
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At 13:13 on May 25, 2022, Steven Evans said…

Hello Anthony,

I am confounded by a few photographic views of the Crystal Palace that I have in my collection. I have attached the most confounding example along with a comparison image.

As you can see, the print  (image on the left) is in miserable condition and has a softness that makes examining details a bit difficult. I believe this to be a lightly coated salt print and I am assuming for the moment that it was taken by Ferrier. It is mounted on an album page with hand drawn rules and a handwritten caption. In comparison to other published examples of this view it has some very noticeable differences, especially the seemingly over-sized dimensions of 20cm X 19cm.

I am wondering if you have seen any other examples of this view that is so noticeably different from the version published in the Reports? Given the difference in dimensions from other known views, Is it possible that this image was taken with a different camera? Maybe even produced by a different photographer?

Any thoughts you have about this print will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and best regards,


At 18:51 on February 24, 2018, Noorie said…
I am reading ‘Collecting the American West’ (are you the author?) . I am living in the Blackmore Museum.
At 17:58 on April 19, 2011, Ivete Batista da Silva Almeida said…

Hello, Professor Hamber.


I am studying the processes of photomechanical reproduction in the nineteenth century in Brazil. Read your texts over England and I have a question: how was the photographer’s situation in the second half of the nineteenth centrury? Here in Brazil, we had some photographers like Leuzinger or Marc Ferrez who were highly respected and famous in the second half of the nineteenth. And in England? Just the image was ‘a celebrity’ or the photographer was a celebrity too?


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