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Ledger, Henry, -1869, photographer.

Rambles with the camera / by H. Ledger.

Great Britain, 1860s.
Physical Description:
1 album (approximately 270 photographs) : albumen prints and salted paper prints, from glass and paper negatives ; album 45 x 36 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2019 17
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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A smaller album of photographs by Henry Ledger ("Views of England: Torquay, Lewisham, Kent, Yorkshire, etc.") is in the collections of the The J. Paul Getty Museum (84.XA.876.15). A third album ("A month with the camera in the North Highlands of Scotland by an amateur--August 1854") is cited in Impressed by light.
Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped leather, with title stamped on the front cover. With tissue interleaving throughout the album.
Previously owned by Andy Warhol. The front cover bears Sotheby's printed label for "The Andy Warhol Collection [lot 2917]"
Taylor, R. Impressed by light: British photographs from paper negatives, 1840-1860, page 340
At the time the present album was compiled (in the 1860s), the photographer Henry Ledger may have lived at the foot of St. Marychurch Road, opposite Torquay Town Hall. He and his family are depicted at this house (called "Glenthorne") in photographs on leaves 46-51. Torquay is the most popular subject in the album, especially the neighborhoods of St. Marychurch, Babbecombe, and Watcombe. A number of images depict the rocky coast in and around Torquay, including Anstey's Cove. The album also includes Ledger's photographs from travels farther afield, in Kent, Surrey, Scotland, Hyères, and Gilbraltar. The photographs of Gibraltar are accompanied by a note attributing the images to Sir William Codrington, Governor of Gilbraltar, "no one else being allowed to do so." The travel photographs include images of Hever Castle, Cary Castle, Balmoral Castle, Wells Cathedral, and Exeter Cathedral. Most of the photographs are accompanied by captions in graphite, with Ledger's initials (on the mount). A minority dated, primarily near the end of the album.
Portrait photographs are included on leaves 1 (a large portrait of Henry Ledger), 68, and 96-100. Most appear to depict Henry Ledger and his family. Some of the portraits are cartes de visite, from the studios of [William?] Croft, Torquay; Elliott & Fry, London; John & Charles Watkins, London; and Maull & Co., London.
Subject Terms:
Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Anstey's Cover (Torquay, England)
Argyll and Bute (Scotland)
Babbacombe (Torquay, England)
Beddington (Sutton, London, England)
Braemar (Scotland)
Brasted (England)
Cary Castle (Torquay, England)
Charlton House (London, England)
Chiddingstone (England)
Dart, River (England)
Devon (England)
Duffield, William, 1816-1863.
Exeter Cathedral.
Hever Castle (Hever, England)
Hyères (France)
Ightham Mote (England)
Invercauld (Scotland)
Invercauld Castle.
Kent (England)
Ledger family.
Ledger, Henry, -1869.
Lewisham (London, England)
Saint Marychurch (Torquay, England)
Surrey (England)
Torquay (England)
Tunbridge Wells (England)
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987 -- Provenance.
Watcombe (Torquay, England)
Wells Cathedral.
Photograph albums.
Albumen prints.
Salted paper prints.
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Studio portraits.
Travel photography.
Codrington, William J., Sir, 1804-1884, photographer.
Croft, William, 1956- photographer.
Elliott & Fry, photographer.
John & Charles Watkins (Firm : London, England), photographer.
Maull & Co., photographer.

  • Leaf 1. Portrait of Henry Ledger
  • 2-4. Hever Castle
  • 5-9. Chiddingstone, Kent
  • 10-11. Ruins of Brambletye House, Surrey
  • 12-14. Beddington, Surrey
  • 15-26. Aberdeenshire and Argyleshire, including Braemar, Invercauld Castle, the Water of Feugh
  • 27. Beddington Park, Surrey
  • 28-38. Kent, including Southborough Commons, Tunbridge Wells, Charlton House, Charlton Church, Wilmington Hall (Dartford), Ightham Mote, Hever Castle, Brasted (church)
  • 39. Interior of Wells Cathedral
  • 40. Front of Exeter Cathedral
  • 41. Cottage in ground of the Earl of Caithness (?)
  • 42-45. Devon, including Totnes, the Rivert Dart, Dartmouth Castle, Torquay, Babbecombe, Watcombe, and Berry Pomeroy Castle
  • 46-51. Glenthorne, St. Marychurch Road, Torquay; some images include depictions of Henry Ledger and family
  • 52-67. Torquay, including Anstey's Cove, Cockington Court, Babbecombe, Valley of St. Marychurch, Watcombe, and Cary Castle
  • 68. Sixteen cartes de visite of the Ledger family
  • 69-72. Torquay, including Meadfoot, Watcombe, Anstey's Cove
  • 73-75. Gilbraltar, including fortifications, by W. Codrington
  • 76-77. Smaller photographs, including Raglan, Hyères (France), Watcombe, Upton, Lewisham, and Eltham
  • 78-79. Smaller photographs of Kent, including Charlton, Chiselhurst, and Lewisham; with a couple of photographs of Hyères
  • 80-95. Torquay, including Watcombe, St. Marychurch, Babbecombe, Maidencombe, the parish church of St. Mary's Church, Torre Abbey, Torquay Harbour, and Cockington Lane; interspersed with photographs of Lewisham, Cary Castle, and "dead game, from Mr. [William] Duffield's pictures."
  • 96-100. Portrait photographs, including the Ledger family.

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