Dear Gael - I didn't see any letters on George Lewis - there are probably a lot somewhere - try the IWM photo library or the National galleries of Scotland. I'm in a show at the SNPG openning this week so will email the curator about him. About ten years ago I was commissioned by the SNPG to print 20 of his negatives at the IWM darkroom, so I spoent some time looking at his prints with acurator first at the IWM and choosing which to print - there are over a thousand. Best wishes Peter
Hi Gael, Hope you are having fun as well as getting your research done. Thanks for the tips. I have checked the Pitt Rivers catalogue but have been meaning to contact Elizabeth Edwards directly. I'd be interested to hear who else is working on photographs from the anthropological perspective. The survey of Australian photographs in UK collections sounds very interesting. There was a little of this in Julia Peck's Thesis (for which 100 thank yous!). Sweet seems to cut a very low profile in UK collections which surprises me.
Just writing up his transition to dry plates - your views on this were very helpful! If 'Instantaneous Process' can be taken to mean dry plates, he may have started using them as early as 1878 (not 1880 as I thought). Happy holiday / researching!