b. 1831; d. 1858

Robert Howlett was one of the earliest professional photographers, and came into partnership with Joseph Cundall in London. He designed and sold his own portable darkroom tent, and a booklet entitled "On the Various Methods of Printing Photographic Pictures upon Paper, with Suggestions for Their Preservation" (1856).

He is perhaps best known for his coverage of the construction and launching of the ship "The Great Eastern", and particularly for his photograph of Bruner standing near this ship.

He died at the age of twenty-seven, the cause of death being ascribed by some to the exposure to hazardous photographic chemicals.

© Robert Leggat, 1999.