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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Wilson

Dates:  1814 - ?
Active:  UK

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

Wilson was a prosperous tailor and draper established in Preston. His earliest known photographs, taken in 1852, include both glass and calotype negatives. They document the commercial architecture and grand homes of Preston. There is a possibility that much more could be learned about Wilsonís photography. In 1977 a now untraced album containing work by several photographers was auctioned. It included annotated calotypes and experiments with the honey-collodion process by Wilson, dated from about 1850 to 1853. Some idea of Wilsonís interests can be divined from the titles of his pictures ó Mechanics Institute Building, and also portraits of his relatives. One portrayed Thomas Wilson & his telescope. Also in the album were leaflets from Howard Wilson, an optician and instrument maker in Garstang in Lancashire. 
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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