William Durrant - Victorian Photographer of Torquay, South Devon
Carte de visite by William Durrant of Torquay, South Devon © Matthew Broadhead
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This carte de visite unintentionally came into my possession as part of a larger lot, but it was retained as a stellar example of how convincingly backdrops and props were used to great artistic effect. I was certain that this picture was taken outdoors but ultimately realised that it is too idealistic a rendering for that to be possible. Part of what made it so effective was the fact it was different to any others seen before whilst still being a typical, albeit high end example from the mid 1870's.
Author David Simkin wrote a thorough biography about this photographer which can be found at this link.