|Dates: ||1826 - 1876|
Hennah and his partner, William Henry Kent, purchased a Talbotype license in 1852 and established a Talbotype Portrait Gallery above William Mason’s print shop on King’s Road, Brighton. Hennah’s reputation is based foremost on his practical handbook on wet-collodion photography, first published in 1853 and enlarged through several subsequent editions. However, he was an accomplished calotypist from the beginning. In reviewing the first (1854) exhibition of the Photographic Society in London, the Builder enthused: “Mr. Hennah’s portraits are faultless: one would not begrudge a journey to Brighton for no other purpose than to be Calotyped by him.” In the society’s 1855 exhibition, Hennah supplemented his studio collodion work with six landscape and architectural views of Sussex, all done on waxed paper. It may be that the original paper negative process continued to command Hennah’s respect, for the Talbotype Portrait Gallery kept its name until 1884, long after the calotype process had been abandoned.
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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