Letter from Walter Woodbury, c. 1851.
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Letter from Walter Woodbury to his mother, incorporating photograph of his photographic studio, pen and ink with albumen print. Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) invented the Woodburytype photographic process. Born in Manchester, Woodbury lived in Australia and Java, and set-up photographic studios there using the Collodion process. In 1864 Woodbury patented the Woodburytype process, a form of photomechanical gelatin reproduction that went on to become popular in book illustration in the latter part of the 19th century.