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Roger Fenton
[London]

Background

Roger Fenton was a solicitor and son of a Lancashire mill-owner and banker.  He was born near Rochdale, Lancashire in 1819, and died in London in 1869.  He studied as a painter from about 1839, and became one of the most respected photographers of the 1850s.

Fenton takes up Photography

Fenton took up photography in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition in London.  He photographed Queen Victoria and her family, and took many photographs for the British Museum over several years.

He took many stereo photographs.

Fenton visited Russia in 1852 with his camera, and travelled to the Scottish Highlands the following year, stopping briefly in Edinburgh.  A series of prints  from the Scottish expedition were made, but these were never published.

However, he is probably best known for his 360 photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855.  These photographs were included in one of the early photographic exhibitions that went on tour throughout Britain in 1855-56.

 [Roger Fenton of Crimble Hall

Fenton and Photographic Societies

Roger Fenton was a founding member of the Calotype Club in London in the 1840s.  Later, following the inclusion of photographs in the Great Exhibition of 1851, Fenton and another 9 gentlemen formed a committee in 1852 with a view to  establishing a Photographic Society. 

He was the founder of The Photographic Society in London and its first Secretary (1853-56).  The society later became The Royal Photographic Society, which still thrives today.

Photographs in Exhibitions

Fenton was a regular contributor to many of the photographic exhibitions in Britain in the 1850s.  Almost all of his exhibits were listed in the catalogues as collodion A few were listed as wax paper albumen and photogalvanography.

In the exhibitions where he offered his photographs for sale, the price was usually between 3/- (three shillings) and 10/6 (ten shillings and sixpence - or half a guinea) each. 

However, the prices charged for his Crimean photographs in the touring exhibition of 1855-56 ranged from 1/1/0 (a guinea) for a single print to:

  -  21 for 60:  photos entitled Incidents of Camp Life or

  -  21 for 50:  photos entitled Scenery: Views of the Camps, &c.

  -  60:  The Complete Work with the descriptive Etchings as published.

[Photographs Exhibited in Britain 1839-1865]

Fenton's Photographs exhibited in Edinburgh

Roger Fenton exhibited his work in several of The Photographic Society of Scotland's Exhibitions, held in Edinburgh.   His entries were praised in the Press.

In the 1st PSS Exhibition, held in December 1856 his exhibits were 37 collodion and 1 albumen.  These included two collodion views of Edinburgh:

-  Edinburgh from Craigleith Quarry

-  Edinburgh from the South

In the 3rd PSS Exhibition, held in December 1858, his exhibits were 13 collodions, again including one entitled:

-  Edinburgh from Craigleith Quarry

Fenton gives up Photography

In 1862, just as photographs was becoming more affordable, with the carte-de-visite craze taking off, and many new photographers opening up for business, Fenton announced his decision to give up photography.

He made this announcement, and advertised an auction sale of his photographic equipment, and almost all of his photographs, in the Photographic Journal of 15 October 1862.

 [Roger Fenton of Crimble Hall]

Fenton's Letters Today

The Royal Photographic Society now has the world's largest collection of Fenton's photographs - over 700.  it also purchased, at auction in 1997, a book of 50 letters written by Roger Fenton and transcribed by his daughter, Annie Grace.

[The Photographic Journal:   September 1997,  p.281]

Fenton's Photographs Today

An 1856 salted paper print by Fenton, titled South Porch, Roslin Chapel, was sold at Christie's Auction on 30 April 1997 for 52,000 to an American buyer.  This was a British auction record.

[The Photographic Journal:   September 1997,  p.281]

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks