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November 2018 Blog Posts (26)

Identification: 'The Widow's Mite' cdv

I am looking to find the photographer of this image, a British cdv labeled 'The Widow's Mite'. It reminds me of Rejlander's genre scenes, but I have been unsuccessful in finding anything about it. No back mark. I have blurred out the…


Added by David McGreevy on November 10, 2018 at 22:00 — 5 Comments

Event: Photographing and Cycling in Late Victorian Britain / London, 14 November 2018

This talk presents new research looking at the relation between camera and cycle technologies in late Victorian Britain. Despite the challenges of carrying heavy and fragile glass-plate cameras on likewise heavy and laborious to ride machines, in this period combining cycling and photography was felt so close that contemporary commentators could write of…


Added by Sara Dominici on November 9, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Information: Cook Salvator Mundi

BPH member Ben Lewis is trying to find more details about this photograph and the London photographer William E Gray who worked independently and was also associated with the company of Henry Dixon and Son Ltd which absorbed his business in 1931.

The photograph was taken for the Cook Collection around 1902-7. It has a number "Photo Gray…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2018 at 12:09 — No Comments

Seminar: Nita Harvey's Archive / London: 9 November 2018

Four years ago Ellen Nolan inherited a suitcase. Inside was an archive of hundreds of images and documents belonging to her Great Aunt, Nita Harvey, an English actress on the brink of Hollywood success in the 1930s. In 1933 Nita was discovered through a beauty contest, summoned to Hollywood and signed to Paramount studios. She was prepared for performing by her mother, who…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:01 — No Comments

Early Career Academic Fellow: Photographic History

Newly qualified PhDs in photographic history may be interested in two Early Career Academic Fellow (ECAF) positions at De Montfort University. The position will ultimately lead to tenure in 2020. DMU is home to the Photographic History Research Centre and runs a MA history of photography programme. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:00 — No Comments

1860s stereo images: Help to try to identify photographers

I returned to my one local antique store this week and traded some images I had for scores of English stereoviews. One is easy to identify  in terms of place as its written on the back in copperplate "Royal York Crescent, Clifton. Bristol." I wonder if this view attached could be by William Harvey Barton, who was active in the 1860s.

The other view I attached is of a…


Added by Stephen Michael Barnett on November 1, 2018 at 4:30 — 3 Comments

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