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Born: Thomas Richard Williams 
Other: Thomas R. Williams 
Other: TRW 
Joint: London Stereoscopic Company 
Dates:  1825 - 1871
Active:  UK
Daguerreotypist who photographed the Crystal Palace Exhibition and worked as an assistant for Philip Delamotte.
Dr. Brian May, former guitarist with Queen and astronomer, became fascinated with the work of this photographer and in particular with his 1850s stereo photographs of an unidentified village in rural England. The village was identified as Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire in 2003. The quest is discussed by Brian May and his collaborator Elena Vidal in their book "A Village Lost and Found: Scenes in Our Village" (Frances Lincoln, 2009). 
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*[Thomas Richard Williams] 236 Regent St.; "Photographer"; famous initially for fine stereo dags, both studio portraits and open air; fine and extensive series of Crystal Palace, Sydenham as stereo dags., 51; some views issued as thin photo paper sandwiched between glass; produced many fine genre, scenic views; "Scenes in our Village" series taken 56; used blind-stamp; often worked his initials into still-life scenes; many views issued by London Stereoscopic Co. and Gebhardt, Rottmann & Co. B. 25; was one of Antoine Claudet's first assistants; may have worked with Delamotte; D. 71. Imprint often as TRW. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

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