|Dates: ||1813 - ?|
Frances Dunlop married Alexander Earle Monteith, an Edinburgh advocate who, according to Conolly’s Biographical Dictionary, “kept well up with the reading of the day in literature, science, and art.” Perhaps indirectly encouraged by this influence, she took up calotypy. Her work is known through portraits preserved in an album by Sir David Brewster. Inexplicably, they replaced on the pages images by Brewster’s friend Talbot. One of her portraits was of her Nephew James (later Sir James Dunlop), who, perhaps influenced by her, became a photographer.
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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