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Photograph - Corn Exchange, Bristol
  • Corn Exchange, Bristol
    Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877
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Corn Exchange, Bristol

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca.1848 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    salted paper print from calotype negative

  • Museum number:

    PH.59-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 353, box E

Educated at Oxford and a mathematician, musician, painter and photographer, Calvert Richard Jones was introduced to photography by a cousin of William Henry Fox Talbot, the British inventor of the negative/positive process.
With its distinctive colonnaded frontage onto Narrow Quay, the Old Corn Exchange had overlooked the busy city centre moorings since the late 17th century. When Calvert Jones photographed the building, it was occupied by tradesmen: workers in metal and wood and a dealer in ship's stores. The open colonnade provided shelter only for seasoning timber and the deteriorating building would be demolished in 1949.

Physical description

Photograph of the Corn Exchange, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Open under front of building with 6 supports. Notice boards of several tradesmen on facade. Fading to the left and lower edges of image.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (photographed)

Date

ca.1848 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

salted paper print from calotype negative

Dimensions

Height: 15.1 cm, Width: 21.4 cm

Object history note

With its distinctive colonnade frontage onto Narrow Quay, the Old Corn Exchange had overlooked the busy city centre moorings since the late 17th century. When Calvert Jones photographed the building, it was occupied by tradesmen: workers in metal and wood and a dealer in ship's stores. The open colonnade provided shelter only for seasoning timber and the deteriorating building would be demolished in 1949.

Historical context note

During the 1840s, signs indicate that the Old Corn Exchange was used by G. Wadge, Carpenter, Joiner and Undertaker; Simmons, Tin Plate and Sheet Iron Worker; E.King, Seaman's Shipping and J Sulley, Block and Pump Maker. A similar photograph, from the same viewpoint was taken by Hugh Owen. The original is lost, but a copy is reproduced in Reece, Winstone, Bristol's Earliest Photographs, 1974. A watercolour (1825, Bristol City Museum) by Thomas Rowbotham, shows the Old Corn Exchange on Narrow Quay and the 'street full of ships'.

Descriptive line

Corn Exchange, Bristol, salted paper print from calotype negative, ca.1848

Materials

Salted paper

Techniques

Calotype

Subjects depicted

Buildings; Quay

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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