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Dr. David Barber
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Hi Peter, Thanks for accepting my invitation. I have been collecting Bedford for about 10 years, concentrating mostly on early works including his lithography in the early 1840's - 1860's and his photography between about 1853 -1868. I checked my inventory and came up with only 3 images related to Ludlow: Feathers Inn c. 1860, Ludlow Castle (Principal Front) c.1860, and a cdv: Ludlow Church and Mill Street, from Whitcliffe c.1865. I have another photograph I want to send you that I am trying to identify. It is an albumen print and corresponding waxed paper negative of a castle tower. Not sure where it is, but I wonder if it might be Ludlow castle. I'll send that separately. Thanks for looking....
Thanks again for your reply, it's always lovely to see new images by Bedford - his output was immense and I guess we'll never see the total. No problem with direct contact. My mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks for your full and informative mail regarding the Francis Bedford view, 'Ludlow Castle from Whitcliffe'. Yes you are right, the image measures 7" x 5.50" so your attribution would seem correct. I enclose two other views, both by Bedford 1). 'Feathers Inn - Ludlow', which is from his large scale series published by Day & Son and measures 11.375" x 9.50" on 18" x 14" board. This carries with it a back label (which I enclose also). 2). 'Ludlow Castle, Doorway to Norman Chapel' and is credited 'Bedford' both in letterpress on the front of the mount and interestingly a pencil inscription and signature under the image.
I have recently joined British Photographic History and your name was mentioned to me by Paula Fleming. She tells me of your passion for compiling photographic images of Ludlow and I wondered if you could help me in attributing the enclosed image of Ludlow Castle. First of all, do you know this image and secondly, I believe it is by Francis Bedford, someone who my own collection is based upon, but am not sure. Can you help throw some light on this one?
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