Grazebrook was almost certainly a member of the prominent Staffordshire family of iron founders and glassmakers. In 1858, he or she wrote from Audnam, near Birmingham, to the Photographic Notes complaining of a persistent problem of red-colored skies in calotype negatives (this was not uncommon, and was sometimes caused by overexposure). The editor suggested applying a gallic acid solution as soon as the image started to appear, as well as prolonging the development. Grazebrook continued photographic activity but apparently was still having problems the next year.
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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