Nothing is known about Gregory, who listed his or her address simply as Peckham (a part of the Southwark area of London). Gregory showed seven waxed-paper copies of engravings in the 1858 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. Interestingly, in the 1859 exhibition he exhibited additional copies of prints, but these were done in the “wet waxed-paper” process. Engravings were typically copied by superimposition, directly in contact with the sensitive photographic paper. However, calotypes were commonly used in a damp state to maintain sensitivity, and “wet waxed-paper” seems to have been a variant of this process. Since the wet chemicals would have adversely affected the original engravings if placed in direct contact, perhaps Gregory took the unusual step of copying his in the camera.
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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