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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Caleb Burrell Rose

Other: Caleb B. Rose 
Other: Dr. Rose 
Dates:  1790 - 1872
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Caleb Burrell Rose
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

As a long-established surgeon in a small market town, Dr. Rose had the opportunity to develop his youthful interest in natural science, finally concentrating on geology. The local men who worked the gravel pits and brickyards soon supplied him with interesting finds, especially fossils. As early as 1810 Rose was making drawings by employing the camera obscura. In 1839, Charles Lyell, a friend of Talbot’s, visited Rose to study the local geology, and perhaps it is through Lyell that Rose had his first contact with photography. His one known surviving example is a photogenic drawing negative, carefully labeled and preserved in the Royal Society in London. Rose modestly titled it An early attempt at photography from Norwich. He may well have made further photographs, for when Rose’s widow died in 1908, the picture collection was sold at Christie’s. A grandson, C. E. R. Sherrington, recalled frequent trips to London and a “house literally full of pictures — on chairs, on tables — for there was no room to hang them . . . there were endless collections — fossils, shells, coins, stones, minerals and like.” 
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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