|Dates: ||? - 1861|
|Died: ||Argentina, Buenos Aires (steamer enroute to)|
In April 1861 the British Journal of Photography noted the death, “suddenly, at his residence, the Estanci de los Sajoues, Buenos Ayres, James Peter Sheridan, Esq., formerly a member of the Liverpool Photographic Society, and an ardent photographer in the waxed-paper process.” Sheridan was born in Ireland and married an English woman in 1845. In 1851 he got his first instruction in waxed-paper photography from james how, manager of the London firm of Knight’s. In 1854 Sheridan was active in the newly formed Liverpool Photographic Society. He favored subjects of ecclesiastical architecture, ranging from Glasgow to Chester and using How’s process. In the 1854 exhibition at the Royal Institution in Liverpool he showed Skipton Station, Ilkley Castle, Bolton Abbey, and other waxed-paper views. James Alexander Forrest, a fellow photographer, observed in 1888 that Sheridan “was a great lover of nature” and “was home in this country for some years, during which time he visited every place of note in England.” At one meeting of the Liverpool Photographic Society, Sheridan good-naturedly said he “would be happy to break a lance with Mr. Berry, and I will undertake to take more pictures on wax-paper within a given time than he by collodion.” Henry Hele praised Sheridan’s loyalty to the medium, asserting that “the followers of the wax-paper process must feel themselves greatly indebted” to him. Sadly, Sheridan died on a steamer that caught fire on the way to Argentina. Forrest remembered him as “greatly respected by every member of the Society — a gifted Irishman, and one of ‘nature’s noblemen.’”
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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