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The Life and Work of William Russell Sedgfield, Pioneer Photographer by Hardwicke Knight.

The Life and Work of William Russell Sedgfield, Pioneer Photographer by Hardwicke Knight was published in New Zealand during 1998 as a two volume limited edition of 200 copies. Does any member of this forum own a copy of this work? I am particularly interested in Sedgfield’s visits to the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth and his association with George Nall, a printer and publisher of stereoscopic and Carte de Visite views of Great Yarmouth.

I am wondering if there are any references to Yarmouth and or George Nall within the pages of this publication? walkiephotos@yahoo.co.uk

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Comment by Paul Godfrey on June 8, 2019 at 14:46

Hello Marcel.

I have been meaning to post an update on BPH regarding my Sedgfield enquiry. I was contacted a few days ago by a New Zealand based member of the BPH forum who had borrowed the Hardwicke Knight books from her local library and has since advised me that there are no references to Great Yarmouth or George Nall in the books. I hope you have not wasted too much time on this.

I do have evidence that Russell Sedgfield visited Great Yarmouth and that Nall did advertise in 1863 his “sixpenny views” that he claimed were taken by Sedgfield. Some of the collection of 12 recently rediscovered wet collodion negatives taken at Great Yarmouth in the 1860s have a proven connection with the Great Yarmouth publisher George Nall but it would be nice to find out for sure if Sedgfield was the photographer. The Nall’s series of Yarmouth views, that were published in both Carte de Visite and Stereoscopic format appear to be taken in three batches. The first 40 were taken in 1860, a further 20 or so were taken in 1864 and the final batch of around 80 in 1867.

Best wishes

Paul.

Comment by Marcel Safier on June 8, 2019 at 13:08

Hi Paul. I have the books. Hardwicke was a friend of mine and he gave me the last copy of the run when I visited him in Dunedin in 2006. It was cold and raining and he spent the day in bed, recovering from the removal of his left eye, which you can imagine was devastating for someone so keen on photographs. I will contact you by email once I've had a chance to look for the info you are seeking. Cheers! Marcel

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