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Brian Iddon is leading a project to restore the grave of Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) at Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, north Wales. Coburn's grave is an poor condition and the plan is to restore the grave and to produce an interpretation plaque at the graveyard in north Wales. The local stone masons have quoted £1122 for the work. The Universal Order which was the beneficiary of his estate has given permission for the restoration and has made a significant donation, along with several others. The balance is now sought. 

Anyone interested in supporting this initiative can reach Brian by email at:

Once the work has been undertaken a formal commemoration will be arranged. 

Coburn is a key figure in early twentieth century photography and significant collections of material are held in the Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A Museum, London, and at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester. 

A picture of the grave can be seen here:

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Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on September 13, 2021 at 12:21

Alvin Langdon Coburn photographed controversially of the time a nude of George Bernard Shaw posed as a Rodin 'Thinker'. Shaw, an amateur photographer and admiring of Rodin's work visited Auguste Rodin to photograph the sculptor. Later Rodin was commissioned to sculpt a bust of Shaw. The appeal to have Coburn's grave restored, and when delving further, has revealed interesting connections between a photographer, an author and a sculptor otherwise not known about. Thank you

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