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Brother-in-law to Harewood’s Estate Manager at the time, Roger Fenton came to Harewood in 1860 where he photographed the Terrace and surrounding landscape. Harewood is still home to seven original landscapes captured by Fenton during his visit.
Fenton travelled to Russia in 1852 and photographed the landmarks of Kiev and Moscow; founded the Photographic Society (later designated the Royal Photographic Society) in 1853 where he was appointed the first official photographer of the British Museum in 1854. He achieved widespread recognition for his photographs of the Crimean War in 1855.
A technically skilled photographer, Fenton photographed landscapes using both paper and glass negatives achieving unprecedented quality in his images.