|Dates: ||1811 - ?|
A Glaswegian by birth, Dove was the editor of the Parliamentary Gazetteer and a contributor to Chambers’s Journal. He also knew quite a few Scottish scientists, and it is perhaps through these connections that his interest in photography was born. In May 1842 Dove wrote to Talbot about “your ingenious invention, the Calotype,” wondering if Talbot wanted to see it established in Glasgow or in Edinburgh. The inventor’s reply has not been traced, but by then Talbot had been informed by Sir David Brewster of Robert Adamson’s progress in calotypy. It is not known whether Dove actually proceeded with his plans, or even if he ever took any photographs himself.
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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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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