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Frederick H. Evans collection

Identifier: AG 42

Scope and Contents

The first series contains two folders of lecture notes for Evans' 1902 presentation on "Lincoln Cathedral". One folder contains the typescript notes and the second folder contains a photocopy of the lecture notes.

The second series contains all lantern slides and has been left in its original order. The first box houses three smaller metal boxes (boxes 2-4 in the container list). Box 2 contains lantern slides by other photographers first, followed by slides made by Evans. Boxes 3 and 4 contain the slides for the "Lincoln Cathedral" lecture and are arranged to accompany the lecture notes; additional slides of Lincoln Cathedral follow. There are "missing" slides in the arrangement, as the CCP never received these items, most likely because Evans decided not to include these in his lecture, or they were lost or broken over the years before arriving at the CCP. The missing slides from boxes 3 and 4 include: 25, 33, 34, 56, 57, 58, 67, 69, 80, 84, and 93. Additionally, some of the lantern slides are cracked or damaged, and these are noted below in the container list. The third box in the collection (box five in the container list) contains the original wooden lanter slide storage boxes.


  • Creation: 1887-1902


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

Frederick Henry Evans was born June 26, 1853 and passed away on June 24, 1943, just two days before his ninetieth birthday. He was a noted British photographer who played a unique role in the photography of architecture at the turn of the century. He is best known for his images of English and French cathedrals. Evans believed there was order in creation, and he experimented with pendulum drawings early on in his career. In 1883, Evans started exploring photography and photomicrographs. While he started out as a book seller, he eventually became a full-time photographer by 1898, embracing the "platinotype" technique, also known as platinum prints. Much of Evans' work was inspired by and revolved around the 18th century Swedish scientist, philosopher, and religious mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell. Evans strove for perfection, which is evident in his photographs that often emphasized geometric, organic, and evolving forms.


5 Boxes (2.25 linear feet)

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Lantern slides and lecture notes made, written and collected by photographer Frederick H. Evans (1853-1943) chiefly documenting British churches, 1887-1902. Included are images of St. Bartholomew-the-Great church in London and Lincoln Cathedral (Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in Lincoln, England, as well as English landscapes, buildings, and churches photographed by Evans, Paul Martin, Harold Brooke, and P.H.N. The lecture notes consist of an annotated typescript for Evans' lantern slide presentation on Lincoln Cathedral. Also includd are the wooden boxes that originally housed the lantern slides.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Activity Files (lecture notes), .25 linear feet
  2. Series 2: Photographic Materials (lantern slides), 2 linear feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from the Witkin Gallery in 1980.

Related Materials

The Journal of the Camera Club has two articles written by Frederick Evans that are available on microfilm. These include "Lincoln Cathedral" in the March 1896 issue, p. 51 and "Ely Cathedral" in the March 1897 issue, p. 45-46.


Anne Hammond's essay, "The Soul of Architecture" in Frederick H. Evans: selected texts and bibliography(1992) was consulted during preparation of the biographical note.


  1. Evans, Frederick Henry
  2. Martin, Paul
  3. Architectural Photography--England
  4. Photographers
  5. Lincoln Cathedral
  6. Lantern slides
  7. England

Processing Information

Processed in 1984.

Frederick H. Evans collection 1887-1902
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Repository Details

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