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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Henry Waring

Dates:  1818 - 1887
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Charles Henry Waring
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Waring was the works’ agent for the Neath Abbey Ironworks, part of the great Quaker industrial holdings in Wales. His grandfather was Joseph Tregelles Price, a founder of the Peace Society, a humanitarian, and an industrialist, whose daughter was Waring’s mother. Waring attended a Quaker school in Bristol, excelling in Latin, Greek, and mathematics. He became an apprentice at the ironworks in 1832, and there he likely gained mechanical skills later valuable for his amateur photography. Injured in a colliery explosion in 1834, Waring recovered to become manager of the ironworks 1845-51. When he took up photography is not recorded, but his first known public display, possibly in support of a charity, was in the 1854 Royal Infirmary Fund exhibition in Dundee. Waring entered one collodion portrait and ten calotypes of landscape and architecture around Bristol and South Wales. He entered a dozen similar calotypes in the 1854 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. In its 1855 exhibition Waring entered another dozen calotypes, all from Wales, including Stream in Winter, A Quiet Pond, and The Fallen Tree. He also displayed collodion views of a landscape and of an aqueduct, perhaps signaling a departure from his paper negatives for fieldwork. Waring may have given up photography after this. In 1864 he wrote the descriptions for Views in Wales. The Vale of Neath — Photographed by the British and Foreign Portrait Company. The collodion views in this publication were taken by Robert Peter Napper, a member of the Blackheath Photographic Society. No further photographic work by Waring is known. He became managing partner of another iron company and a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. 
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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