|Dates: ||1808 - 1879|
Like his younger brother Alfred Backhouse, Edward Jr. initially made his fortune from coal holdings, but other interests kept him busy. An accomplished lithographer by the 1830s, he was also a historian. A group of waxed-paper architectural studies was attributed at auction to an Elizabeth Backhouse, but the signature was E. Backhouse, and to date no Elizabeth has been traced. Another auctioned print from a waxed-paper negative was signed EB Jr., 1854. In family lore, Edward was described as the most active photographer of the three brothers, but his only known exhibited work is an 1857 portrait taken by collodion. There is evidence to show that he was taking stereo portraits at least as late as 1859. Later in life Backhouse became a philanthropist. His best-known work is the posthumously published Early Church History to the Death of Constantine (1884).
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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