FRANCIS BEDFORD ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER
‘Mr. Francis Bedford has been appointed to accompany his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in his tour through the East, for the purpose of taking photographic views of the landscapes, figures, and architecture of the various remarkable places that may be visited.’
Court Circular, 5 February 1862
Francis Bedford (1815-1894) began his career in London as a commercial printer and lithographer with the publishers Day and Son Ltd. He began experimenting with photography, becoming a founding member of the Photographic Society in 1853. Bedford specialised in landscape and architectural photography.