Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-1870), Old Lime Kiln. View on the Regents Canal. Nr Hackney Road from the bridge taken by R. Bingham, coloured by R. Willats about 1848. ca. 1848. Salt paper print with hand coloring; plate 34 in Richard Willats’s photography album, no date. Graphic Arts collection GA 2005.00262.
Bingham was an amateur photographer active both in London and Paris during the 1840s. This photograph was taken in the southeastern London area of Limehouse (named after the lime kilns located at Limekiln Dock). The Limehouse Cut was opened in 1770 to provide a short cut for grain and malt barges, from the River Lea to the River Thames. The Regent’s Canal Company, formed in 1812, built an additional canal to link the Grand Junction at Paddington with Limehouse.
Richard Willats also hand-tinted this calotype (left) taken by a Jersey photographer named Brodie. The Island of Jersey, in the Channel Islands off Normandy, is a British Crown dependency but not part of the United Kingdom or the European Union. By 1840, up to 5,000 English men and women had settled in Jersey.
Princeton’s Willats album holds twenty-one calotypes and salted paper prints taken by Brodie on the Isle of Jersey and another forty-three that can be attributed to him, including genre studies and portraits.