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The Lewes History Group : Illustrated Talk on 9th June 2014


Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in Lewes and the surrounding Villages

Daniel Blagrove (1821-1899)

A Photographic View of High Street, Lewes, by Daniel Blagrove (c1874)

Edward Reeves (c1823-1905)

An illustrated talk by David Simkin on the photographers who were active in the town of Lewes and the surrounding villages of Cooksbridge, Halland, Newick and Ringmer between 1851 and 1910. The talk will cover the history of professional photography in Lewes from the time when daguerreotype portraits were taken on Brack Mount in June 1851 up until 1910, when the firm of A. M. Bliss & Co. of Lansdowne Place, Lewes, was selling "real photograph" picture postcards of Lewes, Alfriston, Barcombe, Plumpton and Upper Dicker. David Simkin will concentrate on the lives and careers of established professional photographers such as Daniel Blagrove and Edward Reeves, but he will also look at the work of amateur and part-time photographers such as Edward Bedford (1865-1953), Henry John Bartlett (1875-1965) and William Baker Funnell of Newick (1848-1938).

David Simkin is an amateur photo-historian who runs the website Sussex PhotoHistory. He will illustrate his talk with primary sources and examples taken from his large collection of photographs taken in Lewes and surrounding villages in East Sussex during the Victorian and Edwardian period.


'Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in Lewes and the surrounding Villages'.

 An Illustrated talk to be given to the Lewes History Group by David Simkin, the creator and author of the Sussex PhotoHistory website

VENUE: The New King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2BY

 DATE: 9th June 2014

 TIME: 7.30pm - 9.00pm


The Lewes History Group

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