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Keene, Richard, 1825–1897

Photographs of churches and castles by Richard Keene.

Additional Title(s):

Richard Keene's permanent platinotypes.

Permanent platinotypes

England, 1880s?
Physical Description:
1 volume (23 photographs) ; 22 x 28 cm (photographs each 16 x 21 cm)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NA5461 .K44 1880+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Richard Keene exhibited at the 1862 London International Photographic Exhibition and regularly contributed (from 1872 to 1893) to the annual exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society, of which he was a member. Keene was an early exponent of the platinum process developed by William Willis, which was not only more stable than the commonly-used albumen print, but also had a matte finish with a fine range of soft gray tones. He used these to advantage particularly in his architectural and landscape views, which often include subtle cloud effects. His platinotypes were shown by the Society in 1881. Keene was also a member of The Linked Ring with the pseudonym "Master Printer." A member of the Derby Archaeological Society, Keene photographed historical monuments and houses and published several books of platinotypes illustrating parts of Derbyshire. See: Harker, Margaret. The linked ring (1979), p. 155.
Bound in blue half leather and blue cloth. Front cover stamped in gold: "Richard Keene's permanent platinotypes."
Album of 23 platinotype photographs (platinum prints) by Richard Keene. The majority of prints are stamped by the photographer on the verso: Richard Keene, Ltd, Derby, Permanent Platinotype. The prints are numbered and titled on the verso, in graphite, in a contemporary hand. Prints were originally inserted in the album by way of corner slits; the prints are now removed to a separate folder.
Subject Terms:
Castles -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works.
Church buildings -- Great Britain -- Pictorial works.
Haughmond Abbey (Shropshire, England)
Ludlow Castle (Ludlow, England)
St. John the Baptist (Church : Ault Hucknall, England)
Valle Crucis Abbey (Wales)
Platinum prints.
Photograph albums.

  • Adam Bede's Cottage, Ellastone. 4240
  • Crich Church (Saint Mary's). 1530
  • Haddon Hall, Norman font & pillar, in chapel. 3152
  • Haughmond Abbey, the chapel house
  • Haughmond Abbey
  • Hault Hucknall ch. (St John the Baptist), window. 3112
  • Hault Hucknall church (St John the Baptist), doorway & window. 390
  • Hault Hucknall church (St John the Baptist). 3105
  • Hault Hucknall (St John the Baptist). 3104
  • Ludlow Castle (exterior)
  • Ludlow Castle, chapel & inner court
  • Ludlow Castle, the keep, round chapel on left
  • Ludlow Castle, chapel doorway
  • Marchington Woodlands, Staffordshire, bank house, part of south side. 3717
  • Monyash church (Saint Leonard's), sedilia. 4658
  • Repton Church (Saint Wystan's). 224
  • Valle Crucis Abbey. 3951
  • Valle Crucis Abbey, N. Wales, west doorway. 3961
  • Valle Crucis Abbey, 3953
  • Valle Crucis Abbey, N. Wales, the chapter house. 3957
  • Worcester Cathedral. 3569
  • Unidentified church interior. 3150
  • Unidentified church doorway.

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