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Robert Howlett

(1831-1858), Photographer

Artist associated with 13 portraits
Robert Howlett began taking photographs in 1852 but came to prominence through his work with The Photographic Institution in New Bond Street, London, established in 1853 by Joseph Cundall and Phillip Delamotte. He was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to copy the works of Raphael and to create a series of portraits of soldiers of the Crimean War, but his best known photographs are those of Brunel and the Great Eastern. His death, at the age of just twenty-seven, was seemingly caused by Typhoid fever.

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Michael Pritchard

26 October 2016, 08:43

You have Howlett's date of birth wrong (it is also incorrect in the DNB). He was born on 3 July 1831. This information comes from parish registers. His wiki entry has been updated. He was baptised on 25 September 1831, again based on the parish registers.

John Bowden

15 May 2016, 13:33

The portrait of Brunel and others ( ref NPG P663 ) gives it a date of 1857. In 1857 the first attempt at the launching of the Great Eastern was made but this picture is one from the successful 2nd attempt at launching on 31st January 1858. ( I have a print of it ). There is a similar picture, allegedly of the first attempt, which show similar figures but dressed in different clothes with one or two addition people in the picture. Unless the descriptions are the wrong way round the date on yours is wrong.

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