|Other: Skeffington Lutwidge |
|Dates: ||1802 - 1873|
Lutwidge attended Cambridge, was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1822, and became a barrister in London in 1827. He began what would be a lifelong career with the Lunacy Commission in 1842, filling the post of commissioner from 1855 until his death. His sister married a Dodgson and the two families became quite close. A favorite nephew of Lutwidge’s was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as the author and photographer Lewis Carroll. While his nephew specialized in portraiture, appropriately using the wet-collodion process, Lutwidge focused on landscape and the architecture of grand buildings. Although he did not participate in public exhibitions, he was an avid member of the Photographic Exchange Club, contributing to its albums in 1855 and 1857 as well as to the Photographic Society’s albums of the same years. A master of light and shade with a superb sense of composition, Lutwidge did his finest work with calotype negatives. But in time his professional responsibilities appear to have taken precedence over what had been a consistently fine and ever-more promising photographic avocation.
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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