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John Muir Wood

(1805—1892) music publisher and writer


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(1805–92), Scottish amateur photographer who worked in the family music business as a pianist, musicologist, publisher, and impresario. He lived in Edinburgh until 1848, then in Glasgow. Wood started photography some time in the 1840s, and his first dated photographs were recorded on a tour in 1847, starting at York and visiting towns in Belgium. He also took views in Germany and France, perhaps on the same tour. He continued to photograph in the 1850s, principally in the Scottish landscape. His collection, which includes work by Joseph Cundell (b. 1802), brother of George Smith Cundell (1798–1882), and Hugh Owen (1808–97), indicates that he exchanged information and pictures with other amateurs. His sophisticated knowledge of chemistry suggests contact with the prolific photographic experimenter Charles John Burnett (1820–1907).

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From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.


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