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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Richard Samuel Chattock

Dates:  1825 - 1906
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Richard Samuel Chattock
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Chattock was a well-established solicitor in Birmingham, eventually becoming a justice of the peace, but he was as widely known in the artistic community as in legal circles. He studied at Rugby and exhibited at the Royal Academy and the New Water Colour Society. Little is known of Chattock’s photography save for the four studies he made by the waxed-paper process in North Wales and showed at the 1855 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. Given his talents and zeal in other areas one would expect that his photographs were brilliant, but sadly none are known to have survived. Not content with the accomplishment of a lifetime of practicing the law, once he retired Chattock became one of the revivers of the nearly lost art of copperplate etching. 
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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