27 September 2015
Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901), a former Society member and Vice President was commemorated with a blue plaque in Leamington Spa at the site of his first studio. It was unveiled by Mayor of Leamington, Councillor Amanda Stevens on Wednesday, 23 September 2015, followed by a short address by Society Director-General Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS and a talk by Allan Jennings.
Robinson joined the Photographic Society on 5 March 1857, the same year that he opened his studio. He exhibited for many years at the Society's annual exhibitions, most famously his combination prints such as Fading Away and genre studies He sat on the Society's Council and became a Vice President.
In 1891 he resigned from the Society to join the Linked Ring, but was reconciled in 1900 when he became an Honorary Fellow of the RPS. The unveiling was attended by photographic historians Geoff Blackwell, a Society trustee, Colin Ford CBE, and Michael Pritchard, together with Leamington residents and local historians. The Mayor entertained those attending to tea after the unveiling.
The RPS Collection contains almost eighty of Robinson's original photographs. The plaque was supported by Leamington Local History Group and The Royal Photographic Society.
Photographs courtesy: Allan Jennings.