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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Honour Croucher Jr.

Dates:  1811 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for John Honour Croucher Jr.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

One can never be certain whether the authors of early manuals on photography were actually practicing photographers. Six of Croucherís energiatype negatives (done by Robert Huntís process) were preserved by richard willats in his album, almost certainly indicating that Croucher, a schoolmaster in London, practiced what he preached. In 1845 Willats published Croucherís Practical Hints on the Daguerreotype, which quickly went into a second edition. Even more lasting was its companion volume, Plain Directions for Obtaining Pictures by the Calotype, Energiatype, and Other Processes on Paper, which went through several editions in Britain and the United States, supplemented in 1853 with a chapter by Gustave Le Gray. Other than those preserved in the Willats album (in the collections at Princeton), no other surviving photographs by Croucher are known, but he undoubtedly produced many. 
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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