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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Robert Cameron Galton

Dates:  1830 - 1902
Born:  Switzerland
Active:  Great Britain / Switzerland

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Approved biography for Robert Cameron Galton
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Born in Switzerland, Dr. Galton was a British national. By 1851 he was studying medicine in Cambridge while staying with a watchmaker. In the 1852 exhibition of the Society of Arts, Galton, barely twenty-one years old, exhibited a wide range of Swiss and British views taken on paper, including architecture, landscapes, and railway viaducts. In the 1854 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London he showed studies of trees done in both calotype and waxed paper, as well as a view of wagon horses taken by collodion. Galton became a Harley Street physician, a prestigious and demanding, if lucrative position. It was a decade before Galton would once again exhibit, and by then he had turned to collodion. 
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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