Valentine Blanchard

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Valentine Blanchard, photographer

Valentine Blanchard (1831 – 14 November 1901) was a prominent English photographer who was widely recognized for his artistic and technical contributions in the early days of photography in the 1860s. Both his landscape and his portrait photography were highly valued by the public, commanding high prices and selling well. He was much appreciated by his peers for the technical innovations he pioneered in photographic processes.[1][2][3][4]

Blanchard was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. According to Bill Jay, Blanchard "took stereoscopic pictures, cartes-de-visite, 'quality' portraits, instantaneous views, and art studies in platinum". He died in Meadow Lea, Herne Common, near Canterbury.


  1. ^ Henry Baden Pritchard (1882). "Mr. Valentine Blanchard in Regents Street". The Studios of Europe. E. & H. T. Anthony & Company. pp. 59–63. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ William Crookes; George Shadbolt; William Blanchard Bolton; Thomas Bedding (1901). British Journal of Photography. H. Greenwood. p. 742. 
  3. ^ obituary, Practical Junior Photographer. 1902. p. 173. 
  4. ^ Solbert, Oscar N.; Beaumont, Newhall; Card, James G., eds. (April 1952). "Afield with the wet plate" (PDF). Image, Journal of Photography of George Eastman House, (Reprinted from The Practical Photographer, 1891). Rochester, N.Y.: International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House Inc. 1 (4): 2. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 

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