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William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.

Saturday 24th February 2018

On Wednesday 6th September 2017 18:52


The “Sun-Prints” of Rev. William Miles Barnes, Photographer

Jim Potts

When Marion Tait first passed me this file of photographs to inspect in the William Barnes Archive at Dorset County Museum, I wondered whether the initials L.E.B. referred to William Barnes’ daughter and biographer, Lucy Emily Baxter, or to his grandson Lawrence Edward Barnes, son of William Miles. Could the second initial be an L rather than an E? Could it even, conceivably, be L.L.B (Laura Liebe Barnes)?

It didn’t take me long to work out that it must be the handwriting and initials of his grandson Lawrence Edward Barnes. I should have asked Marion at the time.

Douglas Ashdown’s book William Barnes, My Hwomeward Road, The Family Life of the Dorset Poet (2003), clarified the issue.

Willie Barnes, Rev. William Miles Barnes, was the main photographer (up to about 1886, according to the note signed L.E.B).

Ashdown writes (p.163) that William “took up the novel art of ‘sun’prints’ (photography), and in his time produced some delightful sepia photographs. This led him to become one of the founders and the first director of the Dorset Photographic Survey which is a unique pictorial record of the county during the late 19th century. The albums are kept in the Dorset County Museum”.

William Barnes Sun-Print Album

The photographs reproduced below come from Scrap Books Volume XX, and Volume XIX, Photographs. Photographs courtesy of Dorset County Museum © 2017


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