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Buckley Bent – Early Colour Photographer

Buckley Bent (1864-1933) lived at The Parks, Aldington at the beginning of the 20th century. He was one of the very early users of colour photography. His pictures were taken on 4 by 4 inch glass plates and have all the richness and quality of modern colour slides.

Around 1910 he photographed a number of places in the Vale of Evesham including Seward House in Badsey and his own home, The Parks. He had to send his pictures to Lumière Brothers in Paris for processing. He probably used the Autochrome process patented by Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1904 and available commercially from 1907.

Buckley’s grandson has a collection of his glass plates.

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Seward House, Badsey, c1910.