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Queen Square, Bristol

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Queen Square, Bristol About 1847

Not on display

John Muir Wood owned this picture by Owen. There are many resemblances in the work of the two photographers. Both of them liked to explore the mysterious in nature. Many of Wood's photographs show elegant trees silhouetted against delicate light and possess the serenity of this snow scene by Owen. It is not known precisely how Wood came across this picture, but since the two men were working on paper, using the calotype process, they may have exchanged photographs through the new penny post.

Glossary Open


The first effective version of photography, using drawing or writing paper for both the negative and the positive. The paper was sensitised with potassium iodide and silver nitrate, exposed and developed in gallic acid and silver nitrate.


Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Calotype, Silhouette


  • Acc. No. PGP W 252
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 18.50 x 22.70 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Muir Wood family 1985