Attrib. Philip Henry Delamotte, Ilam Church, Derbyshire -1860s albumen print

An original 1860s albumen print photograph, Attrib. Philip Henry Delamotte Ilam Church, Derbyshire.

This striking photograph from an elevated viewpoint displays the tonal range and clarity of Delamotte’s architectural albumen prints, along with his artistic eye for dramatic composition.

The photograph originates from a Victorian album of Oxford artworks featuring a number of original drawings by Philip’s father, William Alfred Delamotte.

Laid down on backing paper.  There is an additional albumen print of anglers on a Derbyshire river pasted on the verso, and a partial view of Ludlow, as shown.

Unsigned. Inscribed below lower right: 'Ilam Church Derbyshire'.
Some age toning and marks. There is a small tear and fold to the backing paper, below the print.
14cm x 19cm.

Philip Henry Delamotte (1821-1889) was a British photographer and illustrator. Son of artist William Alfred Delamotte, he was a founding member of the Calotype Club, and went on to become Professor of Drawing and Fine Art at King's College London.

Delamotte is best known for his photographic images recording the disassembly of the Crystal Palace in 1852, and its reconstruction and expansion at Sydenham. He was one of the first artists to use photography as a way of recording important structures and events – the resulting prints published in several books. He also worked on a number of publications recording architectural sites around Britain, including ‘A photographic tour among the Abbeys of Yorkshire’ in 1856.

Initially working in the calotype process, on the invention of the albumen print - announced by French photographer and publisher Louis-Désiré Blanquard-Évrard in 1850 – Philip Henry Delamotte was one of the earliest British photographers to adopt the new albumen technique. One of its earliest champions, he stated in 1855: ‘Positive proofs taken upon paper coated with a film of albumen attain a brilliancy of effect by a softening of the glaring white of the lights, with a transparency in the shadows, which cannot be arrived at by any other means’.

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Product code: JK-021

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