|Dates: ||1818 - 1897|
The photographs of Lebbeus Colls are largely unknown, but Richard Willats preserved a calotype taken near Windsor in his album, credited to “Mr. A. Cocke and Mr. Colls, London.” With his brother Richard Colls he exhibited “several sun-pictures on paper” in the Great Exhibition of 1851; according to the Reports by the Juries, the “views of Windsor Castle and Stoke Church deserve high commendation.” After Talbot secured an injunction against Richard Colls in early 1852, his brother continued to work with Joseph Cundall, who had taken over Richard Colls’s Gallery of Modern Art, rechristening it the Photographic Institution. Lebbeus Colls continued as a dealer of fine art.
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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