Early Photographic Resources
Online Galleries and Archives for early Victorian photographs:
The Victoria & Albert Museum -
The Royal Collection Trust -
early photographs by Fox Talbot, Francis Frith, Francis Bedford.
The British Library – online images – http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/index.html
Particularly a section dealing with early illustrated book photographs: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/earlyphotos/ .Their collection contains good quality images that were used by William and Mary Howitt in 1862 and 1864. Search under castle name.
The British Museum -
The National Museum of Wales -
The National Library of Wales -
Check ‘digital’ & enter castle name.
A subset of images is also available through ‘Digido’ -
The Royal Commission on the Ancient And Historical Monuments of Wales: http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/quick_search/
Restrict site searches to images only. Some good early photographs but not necessarily early Victorian.
Historic Environment Scotland https://canmore.org.uk/site/search (ex Royal Commission image database).
Reading Museum (Collections) -
Birmingham Central Library -
‘Photographic and Special Collections’
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. http://www.brlsi.org/node/18262 . The collection includes much of the Rev. Francis Lockey calotypes (negatives) in and around Bath. For his collection of Welsh sites, see below.
The Royal Photographic Society Collection, The National Media Museum, Bradford. http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/.
Go to ‘Collections’ and ‘Search our collection’. Enter ‘castle’. Good selection of early plates by Fox Talbot (‘The Open Door’, Laycock), Roger Fenton, Benjamin Turner, Samuel Smith, and many others. The NMM also has an Album containing 31 photographs of Kenilworth Castle, taken by Frederick Scott Archer, 1851. Ref no: 2003-
The University of St. Andrews: http://www.st-
Collections’ / ‘Photographic Collections’. Good for the bulk of the Valentine family archive from their postcard business.
For Fox Talbot images see British Library: http://www.bl.uk/collection-
http://metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/306348 (Metropolitan Museum, New York).
For Frederick Archer images see: http://www.frederickscottarcher.com
For Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-
For Francis Bedford images see the list under ‘Further Reading’ and Birmingham Central Library (above)
For Francis Frith (1816-
For Henry Peach Robinson (1830-
For John Pattinson Gibson (1838-
For James Valentine & Sons see: http://www.st-
For Reverend Francis Lockey (1796-
For Catherine Weed Ward (1851-
See also the George Eastman House historic Photography Collections online: https://www.eastman.org/ .This holds an outstanding collection by Catherine Weed Ward
(http://www.geh.org/ar/strip14/htmlsrc/ward_idx00001.html). She spent many years in England (Kent) and Wales and was the first pioneer woman photographer.
Eastman also has a collection by Welshman John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-