Francis Bedford 1816 - 1894

born in:
Bloomsbury, Camden, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Artist, lithographer and leading photographer of architectural and topopgraphic views; trained as artist and draughtsman, exhibiting architectural studies at the Royal Academy between 1833 and 1849; worked for lithographers Day & Son; started interest in photography about 1853; in 1854 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought examples of his work from the first annual exhibition of the Photographic Society; later commissioned to photograph works from Royal Collection; photographic tour of the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Holy Land, and Syria in spring 1862; Bedford was an active member of the Photographic Society from 1853, elected to its council in 1858 and twice vice-president (1861 and 1878).