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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Johnston Hilton Morecroft

Dates:  1813 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for John Johnston Hilton Morecroft
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Morecroft lived in West Derbyshire but worked in Liverpool as an attorney. He was already experienced in photography when the Liverpool Photographic Society was formed in 1854. Morecroft “sent a number of negatives taken, with wonderful success and judgment, by Buckle’s process on paper, of which impressions are to be printed by Mr. G. R. Berry, for the purpose of distribution to the Society — two prints to each member.” Morecroft also contributed “positives printed from them for the stereoscope as arranged by Professor Wheatstone.” In the 1854 exhibition at the Royal Institution, Liverpool, Morecroft showed three calotypes done by Buckle’s process: Quarry Bank, Country Inn, and View on the Avon. None of his work is known to have survived. 
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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