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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Thomas Craddock

Dates:  1812 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Thomas Craddock
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

A private tutor in Cambridgeshire, Craddock displayed an impressive group of photographs in the Great Exhibition of 1851, including views of Peterborough Cathedral, new iron and wooden railway bridges, and copies of prints and paintings. Although his photographic process was not specified, a hint of his working methods and zeal was given in the Cambridgeshire Directory for that year: “Mr. Craddock has been honoured with the correspondence of Sir David Brewster, from the superior talent and chemical research displayed by him in the Calotype process applied to the production of pictures by the Talbotype system.” Craddock was interested in the application of illustration to publications. In 1849 he expanded his 1833 History of Wisbech into a fourteen-part series heavily illustrated with engravings. In the 1855 exhibition of the London Photographic Institution, Craddock showed views of Peterborough, Cambridge, Ely, and Wisbech done by a “paper-process.” He continued his activity in the 1856 and 1857 exhibitions of the Photographic Society in London, showing numerous Talbotypes, mostly of ecclesiastical architecture. 
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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