'Barnstaple, The Bridge and River Taw', c 1880.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

'Barnstaple, The Bridge and River Taw', c 1880.

Bedford, Francis

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photographic view of boats on the River Taw, with Barnstaple in the distance, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The bridge in the background is the fifteenth century Long Bridge, originally built as a pack-horse bridge. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. In 1857 Bedford became a member of the Photographic Society and in 1862 he accompanied the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII (1841-1910), as official photographer on a tour of the Middle East. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.



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