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Exhibition of Recent Specimens of Photography (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The Exhibition of Recent Specimens of Photography was an 1852 exhibition organised by the Society of Arts.

It was held at the House of the Society of Arts in London from 22 December 1852 until 29 January 1853 and featured the work of 76 photographers, for many of whom this was their first public exhibition. It led directly to the creation of the Photographic Society.

The exhibition was proposed by Joseph Cundall and agreed upon by the Society of Arts on 17 November 1852. Organised mainly by Cundall and Philip Henry Delamotte, it opened on 22 December 1852 at the House of the Society of Arts in London. Roger Fenton gave at the night of the opening a lecture titled « On the Present Position and Future of the Art of Photography », which was also included in the catalogue. Some 400 photographs were initially on display. Originally intended to only stay open for a week, it was extended until 29 January 1853 due to the greater than expected success, including visits from well-known painters like Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This also lead to the addition of 400 further photographs and a reprint of the catalogue. In total, 76 photographers had their work shown at the exhibition, many of them British but with a large representation of Continental, mainly French artists as well.

The exhibition wanted to focus on the artistic aspect of photography, not the commercial side, and excluded daguerreotypes. Technology was still fast developing at the time, and the exhibition came at the moment that the older calotype process, with paper negatives, was being replaced by the new collodion process, first described in 1850 and 1851 and already getting very popular. Some 460 exhibited photographs were made with the calotype process, against some 300 for the other processes, mainly the collodion process and albumen prints.

The exhibition lead directly to the creation of the Photographic Society on 20 January 1853. One of its first endeavours was a follow-up exhibition of 83 works that would travel around the United Kingdom, starting in September 1853 and lasting until April 1854. Further similar touring exhibitions were organised in 1854 and 1855.

On remarque que les daguerréotypes étaient exclus. On ne peut s’empêcher de faire un rapprochement avec la Société Héliographique.

Participants :

Frederick Scott Archer
Cornelius Birch Bagster (1815–1893)
George Barker
Pierre-Emile-Joseph Pecarrere (catalogued as E. Pec or as Ed. Pecquerel)  47 prints
Frederick W. Berger, one of the first council members of the new Photographic Society
Giovanni Bianchi (1811–1893) Swiss-born but active in Russia,  Ivan Bianchi
Robert Jefferson Bingham
Samuel Buckle (1809–1860)
Giacomo Caneva (1813–1865), Italian
Archibald Lewis Cocke (1824–1896)
Eugène Constant, French but active in Italy
James Contencin (1814–1879)
Louis Crette (1823–1872) also known a Luigi Cretté or Lodoïsch Crette-Romet
John Cumming, 1824 or 1828–1908?, father of William Skeoch Cumming
Joseph Cundall
Henry Cundell (1810–1886), early Scottish photographer
Philip Henry Delamotte
Delatouche, photographic company in London
Hugh Welch Diamond
Maxime Du Camp
Patrick Dudgeon (1817–1895)
Thomas Damant Eaton (1799 or 1800–1871)
Roger Fenton contributed 41 photographs
Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811–1889) and Hugh Owen (1808–1897)
Frédéric Flacheron (1813–1883)
M. Flech
Peter Wickens Fry
Robert Cameron Galton, (1830–1902), cousin of Francis Galton
Thomas Minchin Goodeve (1821–1902),  professor at King’s College London
Thomas Henry Hennah (1826–1876)
Nicolaas Henneman (1813–1898), Dutch assistant of Talbot
J. Heritage
George Hilditch (1803–1857)
Fallon Horne (1814–1858), from the company Horne, Thornthwaite, and Wood
Captain Levett Landon Boscawen Ibbetson
Baynham Jones Jr. (1806–1890)
Calvert Jones (reverend)
Edward Kater (1816–1866), son of Henry Kater
N. Leberg
C. L. Le Blanc
Gustave Le Gray
Henri Le Secq
Frédéric Martens (1806–1885) also known as Frédéric Vincent de Martens
William Clapham Meates (1815–1893)
Juan, Count of Montizón
Lady Henrietta Augusta Nevill (1830–1912)
Lady Isabel Mary Frances Nevill (1831–1915)
William John Newton
Lieutenant Robert Petley (1809 or 1812–1869)
Eugene Piot (1812–1890 or 1891)
J. Player
Pierre Victor Plumier,of the Plumier brothers, from Belgium
Paul Pretsch, (1808–1873), Austrian, photogalvanography
Walter Waters Reeves (1819–1892)
Henri Victor Regnault
François-Auguste Renard (1806–1890), friend of Bayard
Alfred Rosling (1802–1882)
James Ross and John Thompson, photographers to the queen
J. C. Sanford
George Shaw (1818–1904)
William Sherlock (born 1813)
Thomas Sims (1826–1910), brother-in-law to Alfred Russel Wallace
John Spencer (John Alexander Spencer) (1827–1878)
John Stewart (1800–1887), brother-in-law to John Herschel
George B. Stokes (born 1805)
Henry Fox Talbot, contributed 6 prints and an album
B. A. Thoms
Merton Thoms (The porcelain collector?)
William John Thoms
Warren T. Thompson
Benjamin Brecknell Turner
John Urie (1820–1910 or 1920)
George Weddell
Joseph Wilks

 

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