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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Blowers

Dates:  1798 - ?
Active:  UK

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

Blowers was the land agent for Lord Stafford’s Gothic Revival fantasy Costessy Hall (also known as Cossy, Cossey, or Costessey) in Norfolk, and a member of the Norwich Photographic Society. He was identified by the society as “the oldest of our local amateurs.” Blowers’s work is known today mainly through salt prints from calotype negatives, some of which were sold in recent years at auction, including a view of Norwich Castle and a portrait of a young man (the latter print associated with a group of calotypes, including one by George Harper and one by William Howes Hunt). In the 1856 exhibition of the Norwich Photographic Society, Blowers showed several photographs of Costessy Hall, the negative process not identified. However, At Halesworth was listed in the catalogue as having been “printed ten years ago,” which must have been from a calotype negative, so it is likely the others were as well. The reviewer for the Norfolk News was happily surprised that Blowers’s photographs showed no “signs of deterioration, and are worthy to be placed side by side with similar productions of the present day.” 
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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