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Cover of Photographs Exhibited in Britain 1839 - 1865 by Roger Taylor

This site is the online version of the book Photographs Exhibited in Britain 1839 - 1865 by Roger Taylor.

To further provide some background information, the foreword from the original text is included below. You can also use the following links to download Roger Taylor's original introduction to the book.


Roger Taylor was the recipient of the 1997--98 Lisette Model / Joseph G. Blum Fellowship in the History of Photography at the National Gallery of Canada, joining a list of distinguished photographic historians from around the world who have been awarded the Fellowship since its establishment in 1991. We are delighted that this acquaintance has resulted in our being the publisher of Photographs Exhibited in Britain 1839--1865. With its strong holdings in British and French photography of the mid-nineteenth century, the Gallery's own collection will both complement and benefit from the publication of Mr. Taylor's work.

The ephemeral checklists and catalogues that form the basis of this publication are rare and of limited access in the United Kingdom itself, and all the more scarce outside that country. By providing a single source that records the work exhibited by British and foreign photographers during the formative years of the development of the medium, Mr. Taylor has made a unique contribution to the history of photography. The volume will be welcomed by historians, custodians of photograph collections, dealers, collectors, libraries, and auction houses.

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, London, has generously supported this publication. In 1997 a Kraszna-Krausz Book Award was received by the National Gallery of Canada for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science. The funds that accompanied the Award have been assigned to the publication of the present work. In addition, a grant was received from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation specifically to assist with the publication of Photographs Exhibited in Britain 1839--1865. The Foundation's award and grant programs and its support of excellence in photography book publishing have won international recognition and appreciation. It is truly a privilege for us to be associated with the Foundation and to participate in the dissemination of this valuable scholarly research tool.

Pierre Théberge, O.C, C.Q.
Director, National Gallery of Canada
First published in 2002

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