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Robert Howlett (1830 or 1831-1858), Photographer

Artist associated with 7 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.

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P112

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Robert Howlett
albumen print, November 1857
NPG P112

P662

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Robert Howlett
albumen print, 1857
NPG P662

x5177

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Robert Howlett, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, November 1857
NPG x5177

x4836

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Robert Howlett, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, November 1857
NPG x4836

D1127

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Horace Harral, published by Illustrated Times, after a photograph by Robert Howlett
engraving, published 16 January 1858
NPG D1127

D6865

Robert Stephenson

by Horace Harral, after a photograph by Robert Howlett
wood engraving, 1858
NPG D6865