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date: 11 December 2019

Wellington, John B(ooker) B(lakemore) locked

(b Lansdown, nr Bath, c. 1860; d Elstree, 1939).
  • Margaret Harker

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(b Lansdown, nr Bath, c. 1860; d Elstree, 1939).

English photographer and scientist . He studied architecture but took up photography before completing his studies. John Wellington collaborated with George Eastman of the Kodak Company, Rochester, NY, in the 1880s and became the first manager of the Kodak works in Harrow, Middx (1891–3). He then moved to Elliot and Sons, Barnet, Greater London, and later, with his brother-in-law H. H. Ward, he founded the company of Wellington and Ward, manufacturers of photographic plates, films and papers, of which he was scientific and technical Director. As a photographer he made all his own cameras, printing frames and emulsions, and coated his own plates. Wellington cannot be identified with any particular school of aesthetics, since his work varied greatly from pictorial landscapes to the period between c. 1912 and 1929 when he produced sensitive studies of his young family (e.g. Mother’s Jewels) and pictorial photographs of domestic scenes of family and friends. Some of his later works could have been photographs taken for publicity purposes....

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