Archer, Frederick Scott

BORN 1813, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire - DIED 1 May 1857, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (120/BC (2263))

Inventor of the the photographic collodion process that preceded gelatin emulsion. He was the son of a butcher and was active as a sculptor. When was making pictures of his sculptures he invented the new process in 1848 and he published it in The Chemist in 1851.

His finding was widely used from 1855 to 1880, but he didn't patent it and he made little money of it. In later years he developed the ambrotype, a positive photograph on glass, together with Peter Wickens Fry (1795-1860). He died in poor circumstances in 1857.


The grave of Frederick Scott Archer at Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2012)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997

Arco, Georg, Graf von

Published: 01 Jan 2017
Last update: 20 May 2023