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William Russell Sedgfield (1826-1902)

Stonehenge 1853

RCIN 2906077

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Russell Sedgfield was born in Devizes, Wiltshire, and trained as an engineer. His interest in photography began at the age of 16 when he took out a licence, as an amateur, to operate the calotype process, invented by W. H. Fox Talbot. From this early beginning he became a leading topographic photographer c.1852-72. A view of Stonehenge by Sedgfield, on waxed paper, was shown in 1854 at the first Photographic Society exhibition, held in Suffolk Street in London.