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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.