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I would be interested to hear members' reactions to the posted photograph, as I have not encountered one like it before.  The original is a carte-de-visite, bearing an early Leamington imprint of H.…Continue

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At 19:09 on August 5, 2011, Steven Evans said…

Hi Peter, Thanks for accepting my invitation. I have been collecting Bedford for about 10 years, concentrating mostly on early works including his lithography in the early 1840's - 1860's and his photography between about 1853 -1868. I checked my inventory and came up with only 3 images related to Ludlow: Feathers Inn c. 1860, Ludlow Castle (Principal Front) c.1860, and a cdv: Ludlow Church and Mill Street, from Whitcliffe c.1865. I have another photograph I want to send you that I am trying to identify. It is an albumen print and corresponding waxed paper negative of a castle tower. Not sure where it is, but I wonder if it might be Ludlow castle. I'll send that separately. Thanks for looking....

At 11:09 on July 28, 2011, clive landen said…

Hi peter,

Thanks again for your reply, it's always lovely to see new images by Bedford - his output was immense and I guess we'll never see the total. No problem with direct contact. My mail address is



At 9:35 on July 28, 2011, clive landen said…
At 9:32 on July 28, 2011, clive landen said…

Hi Peter,

Many thanks for your full and informative mail regarding the Francis Bedford view, 'Ludlow Castle from Whitcliffe'. Yes you are right, the image measures 7" x 5.50" so your attribution would seem correct. I enclose two other views, both by Bedford 1). 'Feathers Inn - Ludlow', which is from his large scale series published by Day & Son and measures 11.375" x 9.50" on 18" x 14" board. This carries with it a back label (which I enclose also). 2). 'Ludlow Castle, Doorway to Norman Chapel' and is credited 'Bedford' both in  letterpress on the front of the mount and interestingly a pencil inscription and signature under the image.

I am currently investigating whether this pencil signature in in fact by Bedford. This one measures 7.00" x 5.25" on 14.25" x 10.50" board. The gent posing beyond the entrance is I believe one of Bedford's sons, who as you most likely know, appeared in many of his views. I enclose both images images in a separate mail as the file sizes I think are too large. 

kind regards,

Clive Landen.

At 11:16 on July 22, 2011, clive landen said…

Hello Peter,

I have recently joined British Photographic History and your name was mentioned to me by Paula Fleming. She tells me of your passion for compiling photographic images of Ludlow and I wondered if you could help me in attributing the enclosed image of Ludlow Castle. First of all, do you know this image and secondly, I believe it is by Francis Bedford, someone who my own collection is based upon, but am not sure. Can you help throw some light on this one?


Clive landen


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