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Early photography resource: Lady Charlotte Bridgeman's journals 1847-57

This new website hosts the diaries of Lady Charlotte Bridgeman (1827-1858) covering the period of 1847 until 1857.  The diaries containing many references to early photography including visits from Mr Cheney, possibly a member of the Photographic Society in the mid/late 1850s and mentioned in Roger Taylor's Impressed by Light.

Lady Charlotte wrote almost daily in her journals and often doing so shortly before going to bed.Charlotte Anne Bridgeman was born on November 11th 1827, being the 4th child of George Augustus Frederick Henry Bridgeman (1789-1865), 2nd Earl of Bradford and of Georgina Elizabeth, only daughter of Sir Thomas Moncreiffe, 5th Bt. Charlotte had two older brothers, Orlando and George, and two older sisters, Georgiana Elizabeth and Lucy. Sadly Georgiana Elizabeth died in 1843 in Brighton, aged 18. After Charlotte her parents had another daugther, Mary, and another son, John.


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