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HomeContents > People > Photographers > George Fowler Jones

Dates:  1819 - 1905
Born:  Scotland, Inverness
Active:  UK
Jones was an architect who used photography to record his buildings. This remarkable collection of 2100 negatives, dates from 1848, encompassing every process from paper, glass, and nitrate until 1905. Jones was meticulous in dating and identifying every photograph and is a cataloguer‘s dream.
[Contributed by Pam Roberts]

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Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Born in Inverness, Scotland, Jones was an architect in York and appears to have used photography to document his work from the first. He contributed a calotype to the “Productions of the Leeds Photographic Society” in 1852, suggesting that he was a member. As an architect, Jones was much in demand for his ecclesiastical architecture, and his photographs reflected that expertise. Starting in 1897, at the end of his long career, Jones donated a remarkable collection of 2,100 negatives to the Royal Photographic Society, the earliest from 1848 and reflecting every conceivable photographic process, including many paper negatives dating into the early twentieth century, and many of which were dated and monogrammed by him. Jones collected the works of other photographers as well and also donated several large negatives he thought were by Talbot and one very early calotype by Sir David Brewster. Jones was also an amateur watercolorist, so accomplished that after his death his collection was sold at Christie’s. 
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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