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£1,615raised of £2,000 target by 40 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,615 to restore the grave of pioneering Victorian photographer Robert Howlett

    Location
    Wendling, United Kingdom
    Category
    In memory
    Time left
    Funded on Sunday, 15th January 2017

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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 final message : Thanks to the generosity of all donors the restoration of Robert Howlett's grave can now proceed. The restorers have been booked for August and a rededication ceremony will be held at the church on 14th October with all donors welcome. I will publish updates on my website roseteanbyphotography.co.uk. Another photo from my visit in October 2015 is attached as a reminder of why this work is necessary. My deepest thanks to all who have helped ensure a dignified resting place for this extraordinarily talented young man.

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    • rose teanby

      rose teanby

      a month ago

      rose teanby

      Today is the final day of the campaign and nearly at the target. This project has shown what can be achieved by a group of kind hearted individuals, focused on a common aim. Whatever your reason for donating and whatever link you may have with Robert Howlett and his photography, a sincere thank you for making this impossible restoration possible.

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    • rose teanby

      rose teanby

      a month ago

      rose teanby

      A message to all supporters of Robert Howlett's grave restoration - an amazing response with 5 days to go. The goodwill and generosity of the donors has been incredible, highlighting the kindness of strangers for a young man whose work is now being revisited and appreciated by 21st century photographers. A special thanks to the Royal Photographic Society who have helped enormously in the promotion of this endeavour. Rose Teanby

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    • rose teanby

      rose teanby

      2 months ago

      rose teanby

      To all supporters of Robert Howlett’s grave restoration, a huge thank you for your generosity. If you wish to find out more about the plans please contact me through my website. A very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year to all. Rose Teanby

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    4 months ago

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 14, 2017

      £25.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 14, 2017

      £25.00

    • Terence Pepper

      Terence Pepper

      Jan 10, 2017

      One more push to reach target

      £30.00

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    rose teanby

    rose teanby

    Wendling, United Kingdom

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