£585raised of £2,000 target by 20 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to restore the grave of pioneering Victorian photographer Robert Howlett

Wendling, United Kingdom
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This is the final resting place of pioneering photographer Robert Howlett - the man whose photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is now one of the most famous images in history. His revolutionary portrait with the launching chains of the Great Eastern steamship was years ahead of its time in 1857 and gave Brunel an iconic image encapsulating his life as a ground breaking engineer and man of iron.

Howlett tragically died just one year later at the age of 27 and was not buried in London but in a quiet corner of Norfolk at his father's church of St Peter and St Paul, Wendling. At the time of his unexpected death he was at the peak of his career with commissions from Prince Albert and Brunel amongst many others during his final year.

Howlett, born in Theberton, Suffolk, was one of the first generation of professional photographers, experimenting with this new "sun picture", and left a stunning legacy of images for us as a unique window into the innovative Victorian era that forms the basis of much of our world today. He was described as being in the best of health, full of boundless enthusiasm with a great future ahead but lost his life as a result of a prolonged fever unrelated to his work, in the prime of his life.

Howlett's father was the parish priest at this church and organised a large memorial to his son in December 1858. Since then he has been forgotten by many and his grave has become unrecognisable.

As you can see from the photograph, taken in 2015, it is in need of a great deal of attention though it has now been cleaned. Quotes have been obtained for the base to be replaced, any necessary restoration to be carried out and the inscription to be re- engraved.

Any donation will be welcomed.

None of these early pioneers should be forgotten - we are all connected to this precious heritage whenever we take a photograph today.

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  • rose teanby

    rose teanby

    a month ago

    rose teanby

    A message to all donors to the restoration of Robert Howlett's grave - A huge thank you to you all as the fund hits 20% of the target. Support has come from all corners of England and beyond thanks to the Royal Photographic Society and this wonderful Justgiving platform. Howlett was denied two thirds of his life but great photographers live on through their work. A precious window into history for us all to share. Best wishes to all, Rose

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  • John Earley

    John Earley

    Nov 29, 2016

    Best wishes for this project.


  • Gary Lee

    Gary Lee

    Nov 17, 2016

    Best wishes in your endeavour to restore the grave of pioneering Victorian photographer Robert Howlett.


  • Jonathan Dore

    Jonathan Dore

    Nov 16, 2016

    A great project - good luck!


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