Robert Howlett(1830-1858), Photographer
Artist associated with 12 portraits
Howlett came to prominence through his partnership with Joseph Cundall, but the virtuosity of his work suggests he was practising long before they worked together. His best-known work is the series on the Great Eastern (1857), which includes the iconic portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. At his death it was suggested that Howlett might have inadvertently poisoned himself with his own photographic chemicals: this was not at all uncommon.
by Robert Howlett
albumen print, arched top, 1857