Nothing has been discovered of Alexander’s personal circumstances, not his profession, his residence, or even his given name. An “Alexander” started exhibiting prints from paper negatives in 1854 and most likely is one and the same as the “G. Alexander” who exhibited in 1855, including a study, Fishing Smacks in Yarmouth Harbour, which was incorporated into three touring exhibitions organized by the Society of Arts. Alexander’s other subjects were architectural and topographic, and by 1856 he was working in the collodion process.
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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