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HomeContents > People > Photographers > William George Campbell

Other: W.G. Campbell 
Dates:  1810 - 1881
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for William George Campbell
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

It is unclear what drove so many photographers to the study of the insane, but both Campbell and Robert Skeffington Lutwidge were commissioners of the Lunacy Commission. Described in his Times obituary as a “most genial and accomplished gentleman,” he was a London lawyer holding the position of professional commissioner when he became interested in photography. Campbell contributed two views to the Photographic Exchange Club’s 1855 album: Part of the Old Walls, Southampton, a silver salt print made from a calotype negative dated 1854, and On the Mole, at Burford Bridge, an albumen print also made from a calotype negative. The following year he contributed two albumen prints made from calotype negatives to the club’s album: Sandwich, Kent and Windsor Locks
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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