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In 2015 I rediscovered the grave of Victorian photographer Robert Howlett and started researching his short life with the intention of producing his comprehensive biography.  As a consequence of his early death he left no will, diary, family documents or artefacts so this has been a considerable uphill task. 

His story has now taken shape with the help and goodwill of many in the world of 19th century photography, in many different locations, and the invaluable assistance of his family, but I welcome any further input from members and any images which may be Howlett related.  Many will know his IK Brunel portrait with the SS Great Eastern launching chains but there are several images exhibited in the 1850s which I would be delighted to trace.  Some new images have come to light in the course of my research and will accompany the story of his 27 year life, but there is always room for more!

The biography is intended to accompany a rededication of his grave which is in need of restoration after 159 years of Norfolk wind and rain.

Please contact me if you think you may have something of interest.

Thank you.

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Comment by Rob Whalley on July 12, 2016 at 0:29

Like Ken my only examples of his work come from the Stereoscopic Magazine, but I presume that you will already have fully explored that avenue. If not get in touch. I look forward to reading your biography. Regards Rob

Comment by Ken Jacobson on July 10, 2016 at 12:54

You probably know this but Howlett made some very nice stereoscopic views of Normandy. We have a few but if you can find a complete set of The Stereoscopic Magazine you can discover probably all of them.


Ken Jacobson

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