Calvert Richard Jones

(1802—1877) marine painter, traveller, and photographer

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(1802–77), Welsh clergyman, daguerreotypist, calotypist, and close associate of Henry Talbot. His penchants for watercolouring and travel were facilitated by close friendship with Kit Talbot, the inventor's wealthy cousin. An accomplished marine painter, Jones became one of the first British daguerreotype artists. While intrigued with Talbot's work on the more familiar medium of paper, encouraged by Hippolyte Bayard, he held out hope for a practical direct-positive process. Finally seduced by the rich prints in Talbot's 1844 Pencil of Nature, Jones turned to the calotype with characteristic enthusiasm and mastery. Travelling with Kit Talbot in the Mediterranean, teaching photography to the Revd George Bridges in Italy, or simply reworking familiar picturesque scenes of Swansea shipping, Jones consistently produced stunning architectural, marine, genre, and cityscape photographs. He sold hundreds of his negatives to Talbot for use in photographic publishing (later leading to many of his works being attributed to Talbot). An unexpected inheritance in 1847 derailed plans for him to manage Talbot's photographic operations. With the responsibilities of new-found wealth, opportunities for photographing began to wane. He produced a few negatives in France and Belgium into the early 1850s, but these failed to improve on his exciting earlier work. Jones promoted the concept of multiple panoramic negatives (‘joiners’, as he termed them) to the Photographic Society of London in 1853.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

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