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(John) Furley Lewis (1867-1939), Photographer

Artist of 1 portrait
Born in Nottingham, (John) Furley Lewis first became involved in photography at Cambridge in 1883, when he took out a licence to work in platinotype. He left Nottingham in 1893 to work for a firm of colour printers in St Albans, whose studios he helped to design before travelling to St Petersburg on their behalf to continue experimental colour work. On his return he took on Frank Brangwyn's studio in Kensington as a photographer. He was inspired to take up professional portraiture by the example of Frederick Hollyer, whose use of platinotype he emulated with the addition of further dyes. He worked only in daylight in a pictorialist tradition similar to that of James Craig Annan.

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Keir Hardie

by (John) Furley Lewis
sepia-toned vintage print, 1902
NPG P1091