|Dates: ||1813 - ?|
Born in Gibraltar, Lieutenant Petley was an instructor in military surveying at Sandhurst College by the time photography was introduced to the public. The army took great interest in the potential of photography, and Petley’s talent for surveying would have encouraged him in this direction as well. Curiously, his only known public showing of calotypes was in the 1852 Society of Arts exhibition, where he displayed a portrait and a copy of an engraving. In subsequent exhibitions he turned to collodion but kept portraits as his main subject.
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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