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HomeContents > People > Photographers > William England

Joint: London Stereoscopic Company 
Dates:  1830 - 1896
Born:  England, London
Died:  England, London
Active:  UK
English photographer who worked with the London Stereoscopic Co. (1854-1862) traveling to Ireland, the USA and Paris. He is credited with being the first photographer to take photographs of America that were distributed commercially in Europe. His 1859 image of Blondin crossing the Niagara Falls on a tightrope became the company‘s best-selling photograph. After 1863 he became freelance and traveled to Switzerland, the Tyrol and Italy and published an album of 77 panoramic views in 1865. 
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(Alan Griffiths, 20 November 2020) A background to William England and a listing of his Views of Switzerland is available on the NSA website.Online version (Version 1 - July 2017)
*"Photographer"; outstanding early photog., worked for and with London Stereoscopic Co. Made several major sets: "North American Series" & "America in the Stereoscope"; "Gems of Statuary"; comprehensive numbered sets of Switzerland, Rhine, Italy, Savoy, Holland House, Paris, etc.; views of Ireland taken 58; art coll. of Duc De Morny, pub. by Ch. Gaudin, Paris.. B. 16, D. 96. Also likely made fine early series of Europe in 50s pub. in France, with no attribution. SEE NSA monograph on his North American series. Major coll., T. K. Treadwell. 
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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William England
Chateau Chillon Prison de Bonnivard. 
[Views of Switzerland] 
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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

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on William England.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Szarkowski, John 1973 Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art) p.18 [Analyzes a single photograph by William England.] 
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