|Dates: ||1823 - 1886|
The son of a highly respected Birmingham solicitor, Ingleby entered the family law firm, as was expected of him, but his spare time was filled with the study of mathematics, literature, and metaphysics. Another of Ingleby’s ways of escaping the law was photography: in the 1857 exhibition of the Birmingham Photographic Society, he showed two Talbotypes, both architectural views. In 1859, two events happened that encouraged Ingleby to follow his true interests: he received a doctorate in literature from Cambridge, and his father died. Quitting the law, he moved with his wife to her childhood home, Valentines Mansion in Ilford, Essex. Now free to pursue his philosophical studies, Ingleby spent much time in the library of the British Museum, making his reputation as a Shakespearean scholar. It is not known if he continued to pursue photography after leaving the active photographic circle in Birmingham, but one of his last books was illustrated with Autotype prints.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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