Bellows camera, Owen Angel Exeter

Owen Angel was a prolific Victorian photographer who worked in Exeter for at least 50 years. He specialised in portraits, often producing ‘cartes de visites’, and during his career worked from various premises across the city centre. The name plaque on this camera suggests it belonged to him, as there is no record of his manufacturing or selling camera equipment, and it was likely used in his studios as a main portraiture camera. It is a beautiful piece of Victorian engineering, and on the rear retains his hand-drawn pencil lines to aid the mounting of plates. The leather and velvet lens cover is an unusual survival as these caps often become separated and lost.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
316/1974
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Material
woodmetalglassvelvetleather
Common Name
bellows camera, Owen Angel Exeter
Simple Name
camera
Inscription Transcription
O. ANGEL / EXETER
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901); Edwardian (1901-1914)
Production Year Low
1855
Production Year High
1909

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bellows studio camera, ‘O. Angel, Exeter’