The Woodbury Gallery: photographs and works of art in New Bond Street

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A fascinating aspect of working with the historical advertisements of The Burlington Magazine is the discovery of commercial galleries that have slipped through the net of history, such as the Woodbury Gallery. The Woodburys were a family of pioneer photographers. Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885), who moved from England to Australia and then to England again, was the famous inventor of a photographic process, the ‘Woodburytype’. His son, Walter E. Woodbury (act. 1890-1910),  a photographer too, inventor of the ‘Aristotype’ and author of many books on photography, is much less documented. Walter E. Woodbury was most certainly connected with the Woodbury Gallery in New Bond Street, documented in The Burlington Magazine in 1903 and 1905. This gallery organised exhibitions of popular contemporary artists such as Herbert J. Finn or original caricatures from Punch, but was principally established to sell Woodbury’s photographs of works of art.

BP, November 2013

Turner Browne and Elaine Partnow. ‘Walter Bentley Woodbury’, Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists & Innovators (New York: Macmillan, 1983), 676-677.

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