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Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) East end, Hawkhurst Church, Kent, 1852-1854 Waxed calotype negative 29.9 x 39.8 cm

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
East end, Hawkhurst Church, Kent, 1852-1854
Waxed calotype negative
29.9 x 39.8 cm

At the time Turner made this, the Kent village of Hawkhurst was the home of Sir John Herschel. The scientist and photographic pioneer was a member of the Church of St. Laurence parish for more than three decades. The 13th century church was famed for its stained glass windows, including one that commemorated Herschel. In 1944, a flying bomb crashed on its way to London, demolishing the windows. The title here is derived from that is on a print in the V & A.

This negative reveals something of Turner's working practices. He saw no need for retouching in this view. Once can see the outline trace of the glass pressure plate along the bottom edge. The paper tabs still attached were used to temporarily adhere the negative to the printing frame glass in order to maintain registration when the progress of the printed-out print was examined. They are clearly visible in the border of the print.

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Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) East End "Hawkhurst Church" Kent*, 1852-1854 Salt print from a waxed calotype negative 29.9 x 39.8 cm on 31.4 x 41.6 cm paper Titled "Hawkhurst Church" in pencil on verso

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
East End "Hawkhurst Church" Kent, 1852-1854
Salt print from a waxed calotype negative
29.9 x 39.8 cm on 31.4 x 41.6 cm paper
Titled "Hawkhurst Church" in pencil on verso

Another print in the collection of the V&A, titled "Hawkhurst Church-Kent". Ph.53-1982

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Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) "In Loseley Park"*, 1852-1854 Albumen print from a waxed calotype negative 27.0 x 22.4 cm Titled in pencil on verso

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
"In Loseley Park", 1852-1854
Albumen print from a waxed calotype negative
27.0 x 22.4 cm
Titled in pencil on verso

Another print is in the collection of the V&A, titled Head of the Lake, Losely Park, Ph.41-1982

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Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) Bust of Dionysus, early 1850s Calotype negative, waxed 21.5 x 19.0 cm

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
Bust of Dionysus, early 1850s
Calotype negative, waxed
21.5 x 19.0 cm

 

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Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) "The Feathers, Ludlow"*, 1852-1854 Waxed salt print from a waxed calotype negative 29.2 x 38.9 cm Titled in pencil on verso

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
"The Feathers, Ludlow", 1852-1854
Waxed salt print from a waxed calotype negative
29.2 x 38.9 cm
Titled in pencil on verso

Another print is in the collection of the V&A, titled "Ludlow". Ph.25-1982

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Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) East end, Hawkhurst Church, Kent, 1852-1854 Waxed calotype negative 29.9 x 39.8 cm

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
East end, Hawkhurst Church, Kent, 1852-1854
Waxed calotype negative
29.9 x 39.8 cm

At the time Turner made this, the Kent village of Hawkhurst was the home of Sir John Herschel. The scientist and photographic pioneer was a member of the Church of St. Laurence parish for more than three decades. The 13th century church was famed for its stained glass windows, including one that commemorated Herschel. In 1944, a flying bomb crashed on its way to London, demolishing the windows. The title here is derived from that is on a print in the V & A.

This negative reveals something of Turner's working practices. He saw no need for retouching in this view. Once can see the outline trace of the glass pressure plate along the bottom edge. The paper tabs still attached were used to temporarily adhere the negative to the printing frame glass in order to maintain registration when the progress of the printed-out print was examined. They are clearly visible in the border of the print.

Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) East End "Hawkhurst Church" Kent*, 1852-1854 Salt print from a waxed calotype negative 29.9 x 39.8 cm on 31.4 x 41.6 cm paper Titled "Hawkhurst Church" in pencil on verso

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
East End "Hawkhurst Church" Kent, 1852-1854
Salt print from a waxed calotype negative
29.9 x 39.8 cm on 31.4 x 41.6 cm paper
Titled "Hawkhurst Church" in pencil on verso

Another print in the collection of the V&A, titled "Hawkhurst Church-Kent". Ph.53-1982

Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) "In Loseley Park"*, 1852-1854 Albumen print from a waxed calotype negative 27.0 x 22.4 cm Titled in pencil on verso

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
"In Loseley Park", 1852-1854
Albumen print from a waxed calotype negative
27.0 x 22.4 cm
Titled in pencil on verso

Another print is in the collection of the V&A, titled Head of the Lake, Losely Park, Ph.41-1982

Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) Bust of Dionysus, early 1850s Calotype negative, waxed 21.5 x 19.0 cm

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
Bust of Dionysus, early 1850s
Calotype negative, waxed
21.5 x 19.0 cm

 

Benjamin Brecknell TURNER (English, 1815-1894) "The Feathers, Ludlow"*, 1852-1854 Waxed salt print from a waxed calotype negative 29.2 x 38.9 cm Titled in pencil on verso

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (English, 1815-1894)
"The Feathers, Ludlow", 1852-1854
Waxed salt print from a waxed calotype negative
29.2 x 38.9 cm
Titled in pencil on verso

Another print is in the collection of the V&A, titled "Ludlow". Ph.25-1982

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