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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Nathaniel C. Tuely

Dates:  1833 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Nathaniel C. Tuely
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

A fundholder and landowner in London, Tuely’s photographic work is known only through a single waxed-paper view, The King’s Stone and Old Houses, Kingston on Thames, shown at the 1860 Photographic Society exhibition in London. However, he must have produced much more. In 1859 he wrote in reply to an appeal made by the Photographic Journal for more practical information on waxed paper: “I am surprised that waxed paper is so much neglected in England. I have had considerable experience in almost all the processes on glass; and, in my humble opinion, where the amateur does not wish to make a toil of a pleasure by practising the wet-collodion process out of doors, there is nothing like waxed paper for large views. It gives good definition, is very little liable to the objectionable snowy appearance so common in photographic pictures, and is more certain than any dry process on glass, to say nothing of its superior convenience.” 
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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