|Dates: ||1827 - 1918|
Herries, also known as the younger, of Spottes, Scotland, was an advocate in Edinburgh. When and how he became interested in photography are not known, but he was a member of the Edinburgh Photographic Exchange Club. Herries was married in Guernsey and perhaps that explains his first exhibited waxed-paper views, all taken in Guernsey, which were included in the 1856 exhibition of the Photographic Society of Scotland. In the society’s 1858 exhibition and in the 1859 exhibition of the Glasgow Photographic Society, Herries showed waxed-paper architectural and landscape views, all from Scotland. In his last known public exhibition, for the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1864, he remained loyal to waxed paper, showing a range of views from England, Guernsey, and Scotland. A member of the Photographic Society of Scotland until it folded in 1873, Herries inherited the ancient mansion of Spottes in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Locally, he took an interest in archery and was friends with fellow photographer Patrick Dudgeon and the scientist James Clerk Maxwell.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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