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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Scott

Dates:  1824 - 1892
Active:  India

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

The son of a purser in the Royal Navy, Scott received a classical and mathematical education, went to a military seminary, and was accepted by the Royal Engineering Establishment at Chatham for field instruction in the arts of sapping and mining. He arrived in Bombay in 1844 and rose through the ranks of military engineering in several posts through 1870. His travels left him well placed to observe the landscape and architecture of India. By the 1850s, like many British based in India, Scott had turned to amateur photography. His work, little known today, seems to have been extensive. In 1860 the London publisher J. Hogarth began issuing original prints made from Scott’s paper negatives. Seven prints were in the series Views in the Island of Bombay, five in Views of the Caves of Karlee . . . and of the adjacent Temple of Ambernath, nine in Views in the Old Fort of Bassein, and ten in Views on the Bhore Ghaut, shewing some of the Railway Cuttings. The last group implies a strong, logical link between his professional work and the opportunity to observe photographic subjects. 
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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