Lot 152 of 361:
Thirteen Francis Frith photographs of England  

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Thirteen collodion photographs of English country estate houses, landscapes, ruins, churches, and the Tower of London

Frith, Francis



1860s - 1880s


13 collodion photographs. 5 loose, 6 mounted on cardstock, 2 mounted and matted. Photograph sizes vary from 14.2x20.3 (5½x8")

Francis Frith was an English photographer of the Middle East and the United Kingdom. In 1850 he started a photographic studio in Liverpool. He became a founding member of the Liverpool Photographic Society in 1853. He journeyed to the Middle East on three occasions, the first of which was a trip to Egypt in 1856 with very large cameras (16" x 20"). He used the collodion process, a major technical achievement in hot and dusty conditions. Frith was one of the first of a new type of entrepreneurial photographer to establish himself as a retailer of scenic photographs on a large scale.

 During his travels he noted that tourists were the main consumers of views, but armchair travellers bought scenes from other parts of the world in the hope of obtaining a true record, "far beyond anything that is in the power of the most accomplished artist to transfer to his canvas."  When he had finished his travels in the Middle East in 1859, he opened the firm of Francis Frith & Co. in Reigate, Surrey, as the world's first specialist photographic publisher. In 1860, he married Mary Ann Rosling (sister of Alfred Rosling, the first treasurer of the Photographic Society) and embarked upon a colossal project—to photograph every town and village in the United Kingdom; in particular, notable historical or interesting sights.

Lot Amendments

Chips and tears to cardstock; photograph condition varies; a few creases, hints of foxing, general light wear; very good overall.

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