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Sawyer and Bird – online resource

An area devoted to John Sawyer and Walter Bird (of Norwich and elsewhere) can now be found on the Early Photographic Studios website at It includes separate timelines for Sawyer, Bird and their partnerships, a note on Sawyer’s rivalry with Oliver Sarony, a dating guide for early Sawyer carte mounts, and several other documents.


The Sawyer & Bird folder represents work in progress and is far from a systematic study, but it’s hoped that it may contain items of interest to anyone seeking to investigate the careers of these photographers.

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