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HomeContents > People > Photographers > George Stokes

Dates:  1805 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for George Stokes
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

There were two George Stokeses listed as members of the Photographic Society in the 1850s, one the well-known Sir George Gabriel Stokes of Cambridge, the other an architect and surveyor living in London. It was the latter who was the more active photographer. (He was not the more famous architect George Henry Stokes, 1826-1871, who married Joseph Paxtonís daughter.) By the time of the 1861 census, George Stokes the photographer had retired, living off his property investments. In 1852 Stokes entered the first great photographic exhibition in London, which was sponsored by the Society of Arts, submitting all waxed-paper views. Predictably, most were of architecture, although one, intriguingly, was called Beehives. He joined the Photographic Society of London and in 1855 was a member of the Photographic Exchange Club. At least in his public work, Stokes had converted to collodion by 1854, when his contributions to the Photographic Society exhibition included vernacular architecture and genre studies. In the 1855 and 1858 exhibitions he continued with collodion. 
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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