|Dates: ||1817 - 1874|
Several of Tennentís calotypes survive, just enough to confirm his mastery, but it was in his support of the new art that his reputation lies. Tennent and his brother Robert Tennent became members of the Edinburgh Calotype Club. One of their albums has long been a justly famous holding of the Edinburgh Central Library, but in 2001 a second album was discovered and purchased by the National Library of Scotland. Its captions are in Tennentís hand, and the album appears to have been assembled by him. He eagerly joined the Photographic Society of Scotland when it was established in 1856. An advocate and a sheriff, Tennent was well liked and highly respected by all who knew him. His philanthropic activities included supporting the Discharged Prisonersí Aid Society. He was a keen sailor and a member of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club. His fifteen-ton yacht, Seaward, was sold after his death. An account of his familyís cruise around the Western Isles in 1838 is still preserved in a private collection.
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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