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Robert Howlett

(1830—1858) photographer


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(1831–58), British photographer, celebrated for his 1857 portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel against the checking drum of the The Great Eastern, and for his photographs of the ship's construction. He also invented a portable photographic tent and published a manual, On the Various Methods of Printing Photographic Pictures upon Paper. Howlett made photographic studies for the painter William Powell Frith, who used them for Derby Day (1858), and went into partnership with Joseph Cundall c.1855 to form Cundall, Howlett & Co., later Cundall, Howlett & Downes, producing cartes de visite, views, and publications.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.


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