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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Robert Francis Griffith

Dates:  1828 - 1901
Active:  UK

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

Griffith was a native of Corsley, Wiltshire, not far from Talbot’s Lacock Abbey. However, he spent most of his career as a civil engineer in India. Very little is known about Griffith personally, but it seems most likely that he practiced photography as an amateur, and he photographed the architecture, archaeology, and landscape of India extensively. Griffith signed and titled many of his negatives, substantial groups of which were sold at auction in the 1970s and 1980s. Although these were identified as waxed paper, many of them carried the watermark of “R. Turner’s Patent Talbotype” paper. This was a fairly thick paper, most suitable for Talbot’s original calotype process, but of course it could be waxed after development for purposes of printing. Most of Griffith’s work has been assigned to the 1850s, but at least one negative is dated 1861 and another 1863. 
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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