Remembering British Calotype Photographer Philip Henry Delamotte

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April 21, 2017 /Photography Tidings/ Born 196 years ago today, on 21 April 1821, Philip Henry Delamotte was a British photographer and illustrator, rout known for his photographic images of The Crystal Palace in London.

Delamotte was commissioned to unofficially the dis-assembly of the Crystal Palace in 1852, and its reconstruction and expansion at Sydenham in London, a design finished in 1854. His photographic record of the events is one of the best archives of the way the building was framed and in 1855 he published his two volume work entitled «Photographic Views of the Move along of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham», containing 160 architectural photographs. They were some of the first volumes in which photographic prints were published.

He also wrote a order entitled «The practice of photography: a manual for students».

Philip Delamotte and early settler British photographer Roger Fenton were among the first artists to use photography as a way of release important structures and events following the invention of calotype photography. They were both establishing members of the Calotype Club.

Delamotte died on 24 February 1889 at the home base of his son-in-law in Bromley.

Crystal Palace South transept & south tower from Water Temple, 1854, Philip Henry Delamotte, Negretti and Zambra
Crystal Palace South transept & south citadel from Water Temple, 1854, Philip Henry Delamotte, Negretti and Zambra

Crystal Palace General view from Water Temple, 1854, Philip Henry Delamotte, Negretti and Zambra
Crystal Country estate General view from Water Temple, 1854, Philip Henry Delamotte, Negretti and Zambra

Crystal Palace Centre transept & north tower from south wing, 1854, Philip Henry Delamotte, Negretti and Zambra
Crystal Chѓteau Centre transept & north tower from south wing, 1854, Philip Henry Delamotte, Negretti and Zambra

The Glass Fountain at the Crystal Palace, 1851, Philip Henry Delamotte
The Mirror Fountain at the Crystal Palace, 1851, Philip Henry Delamotte

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