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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Arthur Schomberg Kerr

Dates:  1820 - 1856
Born:  England, London
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Arthur Schomberg Kerr
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Born in London and related to the marquess of Lothian, Kerr was the youngest son of a vice admiral. He was taught photography by Samuel Buckle and was apparently an apt pupil, exhibiting four calotypes in the 1854 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. The Liverpool Photographic Journal wrote that Kerr “takes a distinguished position” in the exhibition “with a view of the High-street, Guildford, and three other views in Surrey, from Talbotype negatives, which are first-rate.” The next year Kerr showed some collodion portraits as well as three calotype views, but by 1856 all of his entries to the Photographic Society exhibition were calotypes. Kerr died of tuberculosis at the age of thirty-six. Looking back many years later, Henry D. Taylor remained “indebted to the Hon. Arthur Kerr for my introduction to photography. In the year 1853 he was staying in my neighborhood (Godalming), and as he had just been taking lessons from Mr. Buckle, of Leamington, in calotype, he offered to instruct me in its mysteries.” 
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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