'Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle'
Creator: Francis Bedford (1816 - 1894).Date: c. 1880.Format: Albumen print.Collection: National Media Museum Collection ( http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/Collection/Photography ) .Inventory no: 1990-5037_B1_2832..Construction of Dartmouth Castle, on the far bank of the estuary, was begun in the late 15th century by local merchants wanting to protect their cargo. In the foreground is Kingswear Castle. These castles acted as a double defence system when the area was under threat since a chain was extended across the river between the two to form a barrier....-----...We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons, although certain restrictions apply. More about reproductions and image licensing ( http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/photography/copyright.asp ) ...For obtaining reproductions of selected images, please visit the Science and Society Picture Library ( http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/ ) , which represents the visual collections of the Science Museum Group.
Francis Bedford (1816 in London – 15 May 1894) was an English photographer. Francis Bedford was the son of the successful church architect Francis Octavius Bedford. He began his career as an architectural draughtsman and lithographer, before taking up photography in the early 1850s. He helped to found the Royal Photographic Society in 1853. In 1854, at Marlborough House Queen Victoria commissioned him to photograph objects in the royal collection. The National Photography Collection held at the Museum is one of the finest and most extensive anywhere in the world. It encompasses many significant groups of material, including the Science Museumís Photography Collection, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, the holdings of the former Kodak Museum and the picture library of the former Daily Herald newspaper.