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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James Edwards Nightingale

Dates:  1817 - 1892
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for James Edwards Nightingale
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

In the 1858 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London, Nightingale showed two calotypes of cedars taken near his home in Wilton Park, Wiltshire, and two taken in France. These are his only known photographs. A gentleman of independent means, Nightingale was an accomplished antiquarian and was the discoverer of the lost eighteenth-century porcelain factory of Longton Hall. He was the author of numerous books and became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. On his death the society remembered Nightingale as a man of kindly disposition and of accurate knowledge, and the ceramic collections in the British Museum are indebted to his liberality for several acquisitions. 
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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