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British, 19th century, male.

Active in London.

Born c. 1826; died 21 January 1909.

Painter, photographer, art dealer. Portraits.

John Robert Parsons was a successful portraitist during the 1850s and 1860s. He later became an art dealer and photographer, taking pictures of important artists and their work. He was a friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Charles Augustus Howell. In ...


Jeffrey Boloten

Since the invention of photography was officially announced in 1839, the continuous and determined efforts to create and develop a market for photography have always been inextricably linked to photography’s very struggle for legitimacy as an art form. The invention of photography drew a multitude of negative reactions from artists and critics of the time. ...