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Family scrapbook containing photographs and illustrations, 1856-1859

MS. 23051 photogr. 41

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Scrapbook of photographs and illustrations, likely assembled by multiple people, including Charles Spencer Scrase Dickins, Lady Elizabeth Dickins, and other members of the family. Contains several salt prints from the 1850s, by Charles, and numerous albumin prints. Includes Landscapes, views of the Coolhurst estate, portraits and various tourist views. There is one wedding photograph from around 1910, but the majority of the album is dated to the 1850s.


  • Creation: 1856-1859


1 item

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 23051 photogr. 41

Former reference:

Wilson Centre Accession Number: 84:0991; Wilson Centre Accession Number 2: TC 206

Biographical / Historical

Charles Spencer Scrase Dickins was nephew to the Duke of Northampton, President of the Royal Society. He likely learned of WHF Talbot's Calotype process while in his 20s, through his uncle's regular scientific gatherings. He began making calotypes of his home in Coolhurst and the Kent countryside around 1854. He visited Rome and Florence in 1856 and 1857, creating Calotype views of the places he visited.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased at Christie's UK, 25/10/1984, lot 87

Physical Facet

Salt prints from a Calotype negative; albumen prints from a wet collodion plate negative

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom