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John Buck replied to Grant Scott's discussion Bill Jay
"HI Grant Bill is credited with "finding" the Frith archive and persuading Rothmans to buy it to stop it being destroyed.  He was subsequently appointed as the part time curator of the archive so I got to know him as  …"
Jan 30
John Buck commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Francis Frith showcased on BBC Television in March
"Copies of the accompanying book - Britain's First Photo Album" will be available from The Francis Frith Collection from publication date (5th March 2012) - Tel: 01722 716 376 or the web site  Stock will be…"
Feb 5, 2012
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At 11:33 on May 30, 2013, Scott Andrew MERRILLEES said…

Hi John, very kind of you thank you.  The V&A has three views of Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city) attributed to Francis Frith.  The link is:   I note that they have three consecutive inventory numbers: 1373, 1374 and 1375.  I wonder how many other Francis Frith photographs of Batavia might exist?  Or how many photographs of any part of Indonesia were part of Francis Frith's inventory?  Indonesia in the 19th century was of course known as the Dutch East Indies or the Netherlands East Indies.  I also assume that it was not Francis Frith himself who took these photographs.  Do you perhaps know who the photographer(s) might have been?  Further, how precise can we be regarding the dating of these photographs?  Thank you very much for your help.  Kind regards, Scott Merrillees


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