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R. Derek Wood’s articles on the History of early Photography, the Daguerreotype and Diorama
 
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Midley History of early Photography
Midley History of early Photography: Contents list
Midley History of Photography: Introduction
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articles/ 20 pages
The Daguerreotype and Development of the Latent Image: “Analogie”
Fourteenth March 1839, Herschel's key to photography,
Talbot’s Photogenic Drawing articles at Eoyal Society in 1839
Thoughts on Talbot in 1839: as PS to
‘Talbot’s Photogenic Drawing at Royal Society’
Latent developments from Gallic Acid 1839
Involvement of Sir John Herschel in patent case,
Talbot v. Henderson, 1854
James Henderson to W. H. F. Talbot, 5 April 1856
Sir John Herschel to W. H. F. Talbot, 7 Nov 1853
Voyage of Captain Lucas and Daguerreotype to Sydney
The French and the Pacific World - Ashgate Publishing 2005
Appendix 1 (The Justine) to Voyage of Captain Lucas
Appendix 2 (L'Oriental) to Voyage of Captain Lucas
Appendix 3 (Lucas after 1848) to The Voyage of Captain Lucas
Design Act of 1839
Talbot's dispute with Commissioners of the Exhibition of 1851
Three letters re Talbot's dispute with Commissioners of Exhibition of 1851
Daguerreotype Portrait said to be "M. Huet, 1837", a critical answer
"Portrait Daguerreotype dit de "M. Huet, 1837", une response [in French]"
John W. Winter's photograph Album
George Sala on commonplace marvels in 1859
         
1839_files/ 1 page
Fig. 4 of 'Talbot’s Photogenic Drawing articles at Royal Society in 1839'
    
cameron/ 1 page
Julia Margaret Cameron’s copyrighted photographs
    
daguerreotype/ 7 pages
Ste Croix in London, 1839
Daguerreotype Patent, the British Government and Royal Society
Addendum to Daguerreotype Patent, the British Government and Royal Society
The Daguerreotype in England: Primary Material of Beard's Lawsuits
Daguerreotype Shopping in London in February 1845
Daguerreotype Portrait of Dorothy Draper
Arrival of the Daguerreotype in New York
         
dag_files/ 1 page
Plumbers and Photographers: footnote to
Daguerreotype Shopping in London Feb 1845
         
newyork_files/ 1 page
Autograph letter of D. W. Seager Nov 7 1839,
from Image (GEH), Jan 1952
    
diorama/ 13 pages
The Diorama in Great Britain: Introduction
The Diorama in Great Britain by R. D. Wood: Part 2
The Diorama in Great Britain (Part 3):
Origin of the Enterprise; Scotland and Ireland
Footnotes to The Diorama in Great Britain in the 1820s
Daguerre and his Diorama in Paris in the 1830s
Arrowsmith's Diorama Specification (text)
Arrowsmith's Diorama Specification: Images of the printed pages
The Diorama: Shepherd and Elmes’ Metropolitan Improvements.
John Timbs, on the Diorama in 'Curiosities of London' (1855)
A brief note by R. D. Wood on William Newton
The Diorama in Great Britain and France: images
Extra engravings of Daguerre and Bouton's dioramas
Expo Daguerre, Bry 2001: Diorama
    
Harmant/ 4 pages
Pierre G. Harmant (1921–95): Introductory Biography
Pierre G. Harmant: Bibliography page 1
Pierre G. Harmant: Bibliography page 2
L'incendie du Diorama de Daguerre, par Pierre G. Harmant
    
laroche/ 3 pages
The Calotype Patent Lawsuit of Talbot v. Laroche
‘Martin Laroche’ (W. H. Silvester) was not Canadian
Footnotes to The Calotype Patent Lawsuit of Talbot v. Laroche
         
laroche_files/ 1 page
Taylor & Francis journal, History of Photography
    
Letters/ 3 pages
Discussion of early history photography, in
Letters of R. D. Wood, 1990s Part I
Discussion of early history in Letters of R. D. Wood, 1990s Part II
Discussion of early history in Letters of R. D. Wood, 1990s Part III
    
Nanking/ 4 pages
Treaty of Nanking: Form and the Foreign Office, 1842-43
Photocopying the Treaty of Nanking, by R. Derek Wood
Photocopying the Treaty of Nanking, part 2
Footnotes to Photocopying the Treaty of Nanking
    
Pension/ 1 page
A State Pension for Daguerre
    
Reade/ 11 pages
PDF of Bibliography of J. B. Reade, Part 1
Bibliography of J. B. Reade's own writings
(table format for large screens)
Bibliography of J. B. Reade's writings
(endnote style for small screens)
J. B. Reade, FRS, and the early history of photography, Part I
J. B. Reade, Part 2: Gallic Acid and Talbot's Calotype Patent
Letter on Rev J. B. Reade and Dr. H. Diamond
J. B. Reade's Early Photographic Experiments: further evidence
Straightening the record on Reade
J. B. Reade's letters to Jabez Hogg - Reade's last days>
Plate XIII of ‘Gallic Acid and Talbot's Calotype Patent’ (1971)
Index to Bibliography of J. B. Reade (1801-1870)
    
midley_pdfs/ 36 pages
PDF of No Daguerreotype for the Young Queen Victoria
PDF of J.B. Reade, Part I (AnnSci 1971)
PDF of 2 plates of J.B. Reade, Part I (AnnSci 1971)
PDF of J.B. Reade Part II (1971):
Gallic Acid and Talbot's Calotype Patent
PDF of Involvement of Herschel in Talbot v. Henderson in 1854 (AnnSci 1971)
PDF of Daguerreotype Patent, British Government & Royal Society, (with Addendum)
PDF of Ste Croix in London, 1839
PDF of The Voyage of Captain Lucas and the daguerreotype to Australia
PDF of 'A viagem do Capitão Lucas' [Portuguese]
PDF of Robert Bingham printing in France glass negatives
of London Exhibition of 1851 (source material)
PDF of J.B. Reade: Bibliography of his writings
PDF of J.B. Reade's letters to Jabez Hogg — Reade's last days
PDF of J.B. Reade's letter to Robert Hunt (1854)
PDF of Fourteenth March 1839, Herschel's Key to Photography
PDF of R. S. Schultze (J.Photo.Sci 1965) Re-discovery of Original Material of Sir John Herschel
PDF of Accounting W. H. F. Talbot's Photogenic Drawing at the Royal Society in 1839
PDF of Thoughts on Talbot in 1839
PDF of The Diorama in Great Britain
PDF of Diorama Patent Specification
PDF of Descriptions by James Elmes in 1829
and by John Timbs in 1855 of the Diorama in London.
PDF of Daguerre and his Diorama in Paris:
some financial announcements
PDF of Treaty of Nanking: Form and the Foreign Office, 1842-43
PDF of Mrs Cameron's Copyrighted Photographs
PDF of Daguerreotype Portrait of Dorothy Draper
PDF of 'The Daguerreotype in Liverpool in 1839: Ste Croix, A. Abraham
and J. B. Dancer' (preliminary Research by R. D. Wood)
PDF of Claudet's Topaz Lens, 1867
PDF of 'Victorian Photographers': Thomas Sopwith's diary, 1839 and 1856
PDF of Daguerre's demonstrations at Palais d'Orsay
PDF of Palais d'Orsay: 1834 map of St Germain
PDF of La Caricature 1839: Daguerréotypomanie
PDF of Source Material: 'Announcement by Daguerre'
(Cromer Collection GEH, published in Image Mar 1959)
PDF of J.S. Winter's album 1854: full version
PDF of George Sala on Photography in 1859 (R.D. Wood 1992)
PDF of Two book reviews by RD Wood (1995-7)
PDF of Leeuwenhoek's microscope specimens by RD Wood (Nature 1981)
Pre-publication preview (2014) of 'No Daguerreotype for the Young Queen Victoria'
(Foreign Office docs, without concluding discussion)
    
photohistorica/ 4 pages
photohistorica, abstracts for 1993, vols 54/55
Two book reviews: R.D. Wood 1995-7
photohistorica, abstracts for 1994, vol 56/57
photohistorica, vols 54/55 and 56/57 (abstracts for 1993 and 1994)
    
sourcetexts/ 8 pages
J. B. Reade's letter to Robert Hunt (1854)
on some early experiments in photography
On Photographs of the Moon and of the Sun, by Rev. J. B. Reade (1854)
The Athenæum, No. 595, 23 March 1839, p. 223
Sir John Herschel's letter to Alfred Brothers, 29 Oct 1864
PDF of 'First use of Hypo in Photography', Note by A. Brothers
in BJP 1866, with text of letter from John Herschel 29 Oct 1864
An account of Astronomical Photography in 1862
Mechanics' Magazine (London) 1839 - Letters on the new Photography
Daguerreotype in Liverpool in 1839 - Abraham and Dancer
    
search39/ 2 pages
Midley search of 39 History of Photography websites
Midley search of 39 History of Photography websites: Why 39 and databases
    

This website presents academic research articles on the early history of photography published by R. D. Wood between 1970 and 2008. In addition a few items that never reached printed publication have been placed here (see especially additional material on Daguerre's Diorama, and some Miscellaneous sources of early history of photography), as well as three webpages of unpublished correspondence by the author on many aspects of the subject.
The website is archived (since 2010) at the UK Webarchive.

A full URL basic listing is provided above, but with the listing on the Home Page most items have additional comments regarding the original publication. When using the Home Page it is always displayed with a Contents menu in a frame on its left side of the screen, thus the full contents are easily available.
Also note that many of these articles are also available as PDFs: PDF files menu.

This is a personal site only in that it provides the publications on the history of photography of one person. However it is appropriate here to at least add the personal reason why this site is named as Midley. The author’s paternal ancestors through much of the nineteenth century, in particular at the period the subject of these articles are set — in the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s —, lived at Midley in the middle of the Romney Marsh (at the south west corner of Kent on the English Channel). They were agricultural labourers and shepherds — or, to use the local word, ‘Lookers’. It must have been a hard life on the Romney Marsh at that period. Yet Thomas Wood and wife Elizabeth were obviously healthy having fifteen children, all who lived to become adults. In the Midley area resided only about six families in the mid-nineteenth century. Yet at some earlier period there must surely have been a larger number of residents of the area, for there had been a small chapel in existence which has very long since survived only as a ruin, prominent in the surrounding flatness of the Marsh. Photography in the mid-19th century certainly did not touch their lives — they were typical of a neglected rural working class, ignored at the time and unknown now.
In my research on the history of the 1830s and 1840s (appropriate to dedicate it to those ‘Lookers’ at Midley of that period), I have been struck by the existence of many significant contributors to the beginnings of photography who have been greatly neglected or are entirely absent from what might be called the standard histories of the subject. The parameters of the early history of photography have become set, for example, by the self-promoting character of W. H. F. Talbot. The ‘standard’ texts need to be read and known, of course, but spend only a little time looking at primary sources, then the inevitable conclusion can be that the historiography of the subject remains contained within very narrow boundaries. Instead the history of photography requires some of the fresh air and wide open sky characteristic of Midley of the Romney Marsh.
What has been published from research by the author on primary sources (and what other research needs publication!) reconstructs forgotten episodes of the early history of photography no more than the surviving stones of the Midley Chapel can represent the original church. Maybe, dear reader, you can add a brick sometime to provide a fuller view of a Midley emblem history of photography.


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