[These notes draw mainly on records found by David Gobbitt, with supplementary material drawn from Robert Malster’s
Dated records (from The Ipswich Journal)
1868, 19th December
Having bought the business, equipment and negatives of William Cobb, Vick announced the launch of his studio at
1869, 3rd April
A report of the annual ‘chit-chat’ meeting at the Ipswich Mechanics’ Institution noted that Vick had exhibited ‘some magnificent photographic portraits, taken by a new process, of which he has purchased the right to exclusive use of the French inventor. These portraits are remarkable for brilliancy, clearness and perspective. They resemble very highly and delicately finished portraits on ivory, more than any other now before the public. Rumour credits Mr. Vick with the possession of a more extended knowledge of the chemistry, which forms the basis of his beautiful art, than most photographic practitioners.’ (These pictures sound like some kind of opaltype, a process that he certainly used in later years. In 1893 he was offering a free opaltype with every half-dozen cabinet prints.)
1870, 29th November
A report of the first public meeting of the Ipswich Science Gossip Society named Vick as a committee member. The article referred to his varied scientific interests, his use of magnesium lighting for portraits, his microscopic photography, and his production of indestructible medallion portraits ‘burned into a porcelain face, which is cased over copper’. (This technique created pictures durable enough to be set into gravestones, though the practice of doing so seems to have caught on more in the
1877, 7th March
Vick advertised his studio as ‘The East Suffolk School of Photography’, where he offered lessons to amateurs and advice on the purchase of equipment and chemicals.
1888, 11th April
Vick was named as a committee member of the recently-formed Ipswich Photographic Association.
Vick’s views of
For popular pictures he speeded up production by making a glass positive from his original negative, and then making up to a dozen copy negatives from that. Examples of multiple copy negatives are among the collection of his work held by the Ipswich Record Office.
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