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Henry Van der Weyde (1838-1924), Painter and photographer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 50 portraits
A founder member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood of those 'who delight in photography soley for it' artistic possibilities', he was a painter turned professional portrait photographer. In 1892 he publicised his photo corrector (Rectograph) causing a stir in the world of photography. In 1877 Van der Weyde became the first photographer to install and take portraits by electric light allowing him to take a lot of portraits in a short period of time. The light was provided by a Crossley gas engine which drove a Siemens dynamo, which in turn fed an arc light in a five-foot reflector. Owing to lack of money the patent of this was never completed.

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Henry Van der Weyde

by Walery
carbon print, published November 1891
NPG x29911

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