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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alfred Huish

Dates:  1811 - ?
Born:  England, Devon
Active:  India

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Approved biography for Alfred Huish
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Born in Devon, Huish attended Addiscombe Military Seminary, the training school for East India Company cadets, entering the Bengal Horse Artillery in 1827. Nothing is known of how he became interested in photography, but Huish’s salt prints made from paper negatives between 1848 and 1852 are among the earliest surviving images from the Indian subcontinent. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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Amateur, India
Son of the Rev. John Huish and his wife Milborough Ann Huish; bapt. Clisthydon 10 Oct 1811; educated privately and at Addiscombe College 1826-27; entered Bengal Artillery 1827.[1]
An album of salt prints in the collection of Howard and Jane Ricketts contains portraits and views by Huish, dated 1848-51. 

  1. Λ Cadet papers IOR/L/MIL/9/161 ff. 21-27 

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