|Dates: ||1821 - 1889|
In 1888, S. L. Dobie wrote to the British Journal of Photography that a friend had a collection of Talbotypes, kept since 1857 in India: “The series consists of ten 10 x 8 portraits, and one group. They are by John Eastham, Photographer to the Queen, 22, St. Ann’s square, Manchester.” The editor agreed from the description that these sounded more like calotypes printed on plain salted paper than albumen prints from glass negatives. This is the only known reference to Eastham’s work in the calotype. Originally based in Manchester, he was an accomplished portraitist. In 1859 Eastham went into a short-lived partnership with Alexander Bassano in London, and by 1871 he was bankrupt.
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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