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   R. F. ;
   1819 in Crimble Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire
   cotton milerl and banker N. N. (1xxx-1xxxx)
   grandfather: cotton manufacturer & banker; R.F.: 4th of 7 childs by his father's 1st marriage; his father had 10 more children
   B.A. Oxford ; law at Univ. College London; painting in Paris under Paul Delaroche; several daguerreotypists in Paris introduced him to daguerreotype;
   photographer of the British Museum 1854-1858 ; John Joseph Bennett (1801-1876); Henry Cole (1808-1882); William Carpenter; Lord Rosse; charles Wheatstone; comparative anatomist Richard Owen: Skeleton of Man and of the Male Gorilla ; conchologist Lovell Reeve; Philip Henry Delamotte; engineer Charles Blacker Vignoles ;
   photographer of the British Museum 1854-1858 ; hon. secr. of provisional comm. of the New Photographic Society in 1852 at the Society of Arts, London
   archaeological, architectural, documentary, historical photography; stereo-photos; also known for still lifes, landscapes, portraiture and still lifes ; BNBF: Recueil. Photographies positives. Oeuvre de Roger Fenton
   Mirjam Brusius et al (eds.): W.H.F.T.: Beyond Photography (Yale Center
for British Art -Studies in British Art) (New Haven 2013: 212, 220, 228-237, 242) ; Roger Fenton: Photographer of the 1850s (London 1988) ; John Hannava: Roger Fenton and the British Museum, in: History of Photography 12 (1988): 193-204 ; Christopher Date & Anthony Hamberg: The origins of photography at the British Museum. 1839-1860, in: History of Photography 14 (1990): 309-325; Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf: Impressed by Light. British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) ; Steven F. Joseph: Wheatstone and Fenton: A vision shared, History of Photography 9,4 (1985): 305-309
   English photographer, employed by the British Museum as photographer 1854-1858. In mid-1858, the trustees considered Fenton's employment an unnecessary luxury and decided that no further objects at the museum should be photographed. In 1847 Fenton, together with other photographers, formed the Calotype Club, the first photographic club in England. In the 1850's he went to Russia to photograph Kiev, St Petersburg and Moscow, and was the official photographer of the Crimean War (in 1855), where he produced 360 photographs under extremely trying conditions. In 1853/54, R. F. was a founder and first secretary of the London Photographic Society (now the Royal Photographic Society). Later, Fenton was official photographer to the Royal Family. Fenton’s last public showing was in 1862 Intern. Exhibition in London. cf. also further links and samples at and

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