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Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor papers and photogenic drawing

Two lots coming up at auction provide a link back to the photography's earliest days in 1839. Sotheby's auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection being held on 21 July 2020 in New York has two lots connected to Alfred Swaine Taylor, the pioneer of forensic medicine and an early experimenter in photography. 

Lot 89 consists of a group of letters, from c1830-1870 which includes references to his  photography experiments. Estimate: US $10,000-15,000. 

Lot 90 is a photogenic drawing of a fern dated 2 December 1839. Estimate: US $10,000-15,000.

BPH readers may recall several groups of material from Taylor's former house which was offered by Lacy Scott & Knight in Bury St Edmunds, in 2017 and in one larger group on 5 October 2018, which included letters, books and personal effects covering his many professional and scientific interests including photography. 

See: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/auction-alfred-s... and http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/profiles/blogs/auction-report-a... 

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