5 November 2018

Straw Hats and Cloaks(revised)
The hats can be traced back to the 1840s.

23 November 2018

Dating the photo (revised)

Portraits of Emily Bronte (revised)

From Jenny Lind to Jane Eyre 1847 (new page)
In August 1847 the singer Jenny Lind began a tour of the United Kingdom.
This page lists some of the places visited in Lancashire and Yorkshire in 1847 and 1848, along with some notes on the Bronte sisters.


Advert for Leeds Photographic Portrait Gallery, 1842

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February 2019

Is this an 1850s copy of an 1840s photo?
Two links added:
i) An early example of a daguerreotype copy of a daguerreotype (Mathew Brady's photo of the artist Thomas Cole c1846).
ii) Example of a daguerreotype copy of a daguerreotype showing how it was copied at an angle.
See section "Copying Daguerreotypes in the 1840s & 1850s."


June 2019

Dedicated Facebook Group established.
(external link)
"A forum for people to discuss the 'Bronte sisters photograph"


Another page will be added to the website in 2019. 




Of interest to photographic historians. 

Autumn 2019.

 Creative Calotypes – Victorian Visionaries

Display and other activities

Calotype Project Group:
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
York Museums Trust
York Explore (York Central Library)

A Talk
A Perfect Chemistry: Hill & Adamson’s use of the Calotype Process

1 October 2019
Anne M. Lyden, Chief Curator, Photography, National Galleries of Scotland

Some Background

175 years ago photography was still very much in its infancy. The only photographic studios in Yorkshire were at Leeds (established in 1842), Scarborough (1842), Bradford (1843), Hull (1843), Sheffield (1843) & York (1844). These were portrait studios using the daguerreotype process, creating images on a silvered copper plate.

Another type of early photo was the calotype, an image on paper created from a paper negative. Two pioneers of this process were David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson. In Sept-Oct 1844 they visited York for the conference of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Hill and Adamson took calotype portraits of the eminent scientists attending the conference.

175 years later many of Hill & Adamson's photographs survive and in October 2019 there will be a talk given in York by Anne M. Lyden, Chief Curator, Photography, National Galleries of Scotland. An al fresco display in the Museum Gardens, York, will include reproductions of several images.

Another very important early calotype photographer to visit York was Henry Fox Talbot who took some of the earliest photographs of the city in 1845.

Hill & Adamson - Partnership

Hill & Adamson - Place